MMA Odds and Ends for Friday: Rosa gets a new opponent for UFC Boston, Wanderlei Silva released from UFC contract

Charles Rosa to fight Kyle Bochniak, not Augusto Mendes at UFC Boston Sunday  UFC officials announced Thursday that undefeated featherweight Kyle Bochniak is late addition to Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 81 event. Bochniak (6-0) actually fought last Friday at CES 32 where he won by first round submission over Taylor Trahan. He’s won three of his six career wins by stoppage and has fought his entire professional career under the CES banner.  I spoke to Bochniak earlier this week about his win last Friday and he even joked about being picked up by the UFC during the interview. Check it out. Rosa (10-2) meanwhile has now gone through two separate opponents as he was originally scheduled to face Jimmy Hetes before an injury kicked him off the card. Then late replacement Augusto Mendes also suffered an injury shorty after he was slated to make his UFC debut against Rosa. UFC Fight Night 81 takes place Sunday at TD Garden in Boston on Sunday. Here’s an updated look at the card MAIN CARD Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz – for bantamweight title Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo PRELIMINARY CARD Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders Medhi Baghdad vs. Chris Wade Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman Maximo Blanco vs. Luke Sanders UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMINARY CARD Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O’Connell Augusto Mendes vs. Charles Rosa Rob Font vs. Joey Gomez Francimar Barroso vs. Elvis Mutapcic   Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor added to UFC 197  UFC officals announced that TUF 19 winner Corey Anderson is slated to take on UFC fan favorite Tom Lawlor at UFC 197 in March. Anderson (7-1) has won back to back fights over Jan Błachowicz and Fábio Maldonado. He’s currently 4-1 in octagon with his only loss to Gian Villante at UFC on FOX 15. Lawlor (10-5) is coming off an impressive TKO victory over Villante, which was his first fight since 2013. Like Anderson, Lawlor looks for his third straight win. UFC 197 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on March 5th. Here’s an updated look at the card. Rafael dos Anjos (c) vs. Conor McGregor (fw c) – for lightweight title Holly Holm (c) vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor   Wanderlei Silva released from UFC contract  MMAJunkie reported Thursday that the UFC has released Wanderlei Silva from his contract. In addition, Silva issued an apology via Facebook “I failed to understand that the term ‘fight-fixing’ specifically refers to the illegal action or practice of dishonestly determining the outcome of a contest before it occurs,” read his statement. “I understand the UFC’s reputation would be harmed if my fans and others actually believed the UFC engaged in fight fixing, and I have no evidence to support such a claim. I apologize for any misunderstanding my comments may have caused.”

Silva’s RetractionI Was Wrong, apologize.”In July of last year, I posted a number of comments on Facebook and… Posted by Wanderlei Silva on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Silva (35-12-1) is currently under a lifetime ban from the Nevada State Athletic Commission after he evaded an out-of-competition drug test ahead of UFC 175.

Written by James Lynch

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