The anticipated rematch between Tara LaRosa and Roxanne Modafferi scheduled for Ironheart Crown XII on November 8th in Chicago has been scratched after the American Fight League withdrew funding for the matchup.
Sherdog first reported the cancellation earlier today.
The AFL has made headlines in 2008 by signing free agents LaRosa, regarded as MMA’s top female talent, and former professional wrestler Bobby Lashley to lucrative contracts and also pursuing former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz. However, the promotion has struggled of late, recently postponing a scheduled November pay-per-view event and today pulling funding from the featured women’s bout due to sponsorship and investor difficulties.
“I’m feeling pretty numb about it, to be honest,” Modafferi told Sherdog. “It’s funny, because a few weeks ago when I heard the stock market crashed and the economy was going down the tubes, I thought, ‘Damn it, I bet my fight is going to get canceled.’ So in a way, I’m not surprised. I just want to fight, and I feel like I’m back to square one,” Modafferi continued. “I’m trying to get on the new Japanese event [GCM’s Valkyrie] on Nov. 8, but there’s nobody my weight here in Japan, so I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
Despite the cancellation of LaRosa-Modafferi, AFL featherweight Raphael Assuncao may still remain on the November card.