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Quick Hits: NSAC Approves Replay, Nover To Fight Stout at UFN 19, Cyborg Withdraws From Strikeforce Headliner Against Kennedy, and More

  • Phillipe NoverM-1 Global announced on Wednesday that John Doyle will fill in for an injured Nick Thompson and take on Karl Amoussou at M-1 Global: Breakthrough next Friday, August 28, in Kansas City.
  • WEC bantamweight champion and Georgia-native Brian Bowles, who upset former title-holder Miguel Torres earlier this month, will be honored by the Atlanta Braves at the team’s August 25 game against the San Diego Padres, handing “Play Ball” announcing duties as well as meeting with fans, the WEC announced on Wednesday.
  • The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Wednesday approved the use of instant replay in MMA, allowing referees to review stoppages to determine whether an injury is caused by a legal strike or foul and rule accordingly.
  • The Ultimate Fighter 8 lightweight runner-up Phillipe Nover will replace an injured Kyle Bradley and square off against Sam Stout at UFC Fight Night 19 on September 16 in Oklahoma City. [MMA Fanhouse]
  • Heavyweight Gilbert Yvel is among the fighters the UFC has acquired from Affliction. [MMA Weekly]
  • An undisclosed injury has forced Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, the husband of recently-crowned Strikeforce 145-pound women’s champion Cris “Cyborg,” to withdraw from his scheduled matchup against Tim Kennedy that was to headline a September 25 Strikeforce Challengers event, the promotion announced on Wednesday. Kennedy is still slated to headline the card and a search is on to find a suitable replacement for the Showtime-televised event.
  • ESPN Deportes-televised Bellator Fighting Championship has postponed its second season from October to January. [Five Ounces of Pain]
  • UFC 102, which takes place at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon in just a week and a half on August 29, has sold just 9,000 tickets for the 20,000-seat venue. [MMA Payout]
  • UFC lightweight Kenny Florian sustained “a couple eye pokes” in his UFC 101 loss to lightweight champ BJ Penn earlier this month and is still experiencing blurry vision, but doesn’t blame them for his loss. [MMAjunkie]
  • UFC veterans Carlos Newton and Shonie Carter will meet in the main event of an October 10 Warrior-1 event in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, the promotion recently announced.
  • Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced at Saturday’s post-“Carano vs. Cyborg” press conference that Jason “Mayhem” Miller is likely to fight Jake Shields for the promotion’s interim middleweight title at a November event on Showtime that will also include Fedor Emelianenko’s Strikeforce debut.
  • UFC welterweight Chris Lytle has undergone successful knee surgery and will be sidelined for six months. [MMAjunkie]

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