MMA Odds and Ends for Friday: Ben Rothwell off UFC 203 due to injury, Fabricio Werdum rematches Travis Browne

399 Ben Rothwell off UFC 203 due to injury, Fabricio Werdum finds new opponent  MMAJunkie reported Thursday that heavyweight Ben Rothwell is off UFC 203 due to a knee injury.  As a result, the UFC has found a replacement for former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, and it’s a familiar foe in Travis Browne, who Werdum last defeated in the main event of a Fox card over five rounds. UFC 203 takes place at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on September 10th. Here’s an updated look at the card. Stipe Miocic (c) (15-2) vs. Alistair Overeem (41-14) – Heavyweight championship  Fabricio Werdum (20-6-1) vs. Travis Browne (18-4-1) Bethe Correia (9-2) vs. Jessica Eye (11-5) Mairbek Taisumov (25-5) vs. Nik Lentz (26-7-2) Phil “CM Punk” Brooks (0-0) vs. Mickey Gall (2-0) Drew Dober (16-7) vs. Jason Gonzalez (10-2) Urijah Faber (33-9) vs. Jimmie Rivera (19-1) Ray Borg (9-2) vs. Ian McCall (13-5-1) New group forms in an effort to get UFC fighters unionized It was announced Thursday that a new organization, The Professional Fighters Association (PFA), has formed in an attempt to have UFC fighters unionized via a press release. The group is headed by notable baseball agent Jeff Borris, labor attorney Lucas Middlebrook and economist Andrew Zimbalist. Here’s what the press release had to say. “PFA will not only be a union of fighters, but it will be governed solely by fighters, It is the fighters who will control their own futures. The PFA has also received the support of the MLBPA, NFLPA, NHLPA, NBAPA and MLSPU. I have been privileged to represent elite athletes for nearly 40 years, and believe now more than ever in the benefits of collective bargaining to secure and enhance terms and conditions of employment, That is why I fully support and encourage efforts of the fighters to organize a union to represent them.” said current NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr.   UFC fighters are independent contractors and would need to challenge that status legally in order to form a union.

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