MMA Odds and Ends for Wednesday: Koscheck injury delays Bellator debut, Newton rematches Vassell at Bellator 149

Josh Koscheck injured, out of Bellator 148 bout with Matt Secor reports an injury to former UFC title challenger Josh Koscheck has delayed his Bellator debut. Koscheck (17-10) was slated to take on Matt Secor (7-2) at Bellator 148 on Jan. 29th. The Ultimate Fighter Alum was heading into this fight with four losses in a row. No word on what the injury was and there was no update on if Secor will remain on the card. Because of the cancellation, a welterweight matchup between Paul Daley and Andrew Uhrich has been elevated to Bellator 148’s main event. The co-main event will be a rematch between Chris Honeycutt and Paul Bradley. Here’s a look at the updated card Paul Daley vs. Andy Uhrich Paul Bradley vs. Chris Honeycutt Anthony Avila vs. John Reedy Javy Ayala  vs. Carl Seumanutafa Art Arciniega  vs. Justin Smitle   Emanuel Newton vs. Linton Vassell II completes Bellator 149 main card Per a Bellator press release, former light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton will be facing Linton Vassell in a rematch from their Bellator 130 encounter. Newton (25-9-1) was on a seven-fight win streak before suffering back to back losses to Liam McGeary and Phil Davis. Vassell (16-5) is coming off a decision loss to Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in the semifinals of the “Dynamite” tournament. Bellator 149 takes place Feb. 19 at Toyota Center in Houston. Here’s an updated look at the card Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock Kimbo Slice vs. Dhafir Harris Emanuel Newton vs. Linton Vassell Daniel Pineda vs. Emmanuel Sanchez Mike Bronzoulis vs. Melvin Guillard   UFC 196 adds Misha Cirkunov vs. Alex Nicholson UFC officials announced Tuesday that Canadian Misha Cirkunov will be taking on UFC newcomer Alex Nicholson in a light heavyweight affair. Cirkunov (10-2) comes into this fight on a five-fight winning streak, including his UFC debut in Saskatoon – at UFC Fight Night 74 this past August- where he scored a first round knockout over Daniel Jolly. Nicholson (6-1) has also won five straight bouts, with all of those wins coming by stoppage. UFC 196 takes place Feb. 6 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Here’s an updated look at the card. Fabricio Werdum (c) vs. Cain Velasquez – for heavyweight championship Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson Roy Nelson vs. Jared Rosholt Josh Burkman vs. K.J. Noons Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer Rafael Cavalcante vs. Ovince Saint Preux Noad Lahat vs. Diego Rivas Artem Lobov vs. Alex White Misha Cirkunov vs. Alex Nicholson   Diego Sanchez moving back up to 155-pounds

  Oluwale Bamgbose meets Daniel Sarafian at UFC Fight Night 82 UFC officials confirmed Wednesday that Sam Alvey is out with a broken jaw and now Oluwale Bamgbose will take on Daniel Sarafian at UFC Fight Night 82 Bamgbose (5-1) is coming off a loss in his short-notice UFC debut this past August where he suffered a first round knockout at the hands of Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 73 in Nashville.  Prior to that, he had won five-straight fights. Sarafian (9-5) is coming off a TKO victory over Antonio dos Santos in Brazil which snapped his two fight losing streak. The Brazillian hasn’t fought since December 2014. UFC Fight Night 82 takes place Feb. 21 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Here’s an updated look at the card Cody Garbrandt vs. John Lineker Sarah Moras vs. Lauren Murphy Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs Trevor Smith vs. Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes Shane Campbell vs. James Krausev Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Brandon Thatch Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Daniel Sarafian

Written by James Lynch

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