A bantamweight championship bout between Chase Beebe and Mike Easton that was to headline UWC: Man ‘O’ War on Saturday in Fairfax, Virginia is in jeopardy after Beebe recently suffered a knee injury.
Luke Thomas has details on situation at Bloody Elbow:
According to UWC officials, Beebe informed his trainers and management yesterday, February 18th, that he was nursing a knee injury which was preventing him from training and that he’d likely not make the 135lbs requirement for tomorrow’s fight. Marc Fiore and Monte Cox asked Easton’s camp if they’d be willing to allow Beebe to fight without making the contractual weight and it was decided Beebe would only be spotted an additional one pound given the length of time the fighters were given to prepare for their contest.
UWC officials say Beebe has not answered text messages, phone calls or had any communication directly with any UWC officials. Worse, UWC officials also say Beebe missed his flight today that was to bring him from Illinois to Washington, D.C. That compounds Beebe’s problems as UWC officials indicate Beebe is contractually obligated to have an injury preventing him from competing be evaluated by a UWC-appointed doctor from Georgetown University. Beebe is allowed to miss the fight, but must be medically evaluated by a doctor of UWC’s choosing. Until Beebe is able to undergo tests by a UWC-appointed doctor, any clearance by any personal doctor will not be considered sufficient.
UWC officials also indicate to Bloody Elbow that should Beebe fail to either fight at the contracted weight or make the trip to Washington, D.C. to be evaluated by UWC-approved medical teams, legal action will be pursued to the fullest extent of the law.
According to the report, Justin Robbins of Matt Hughes’ H.I.T. Squad has agreed to replace Beebe on short notice should he fail to be cleared or no show for the bout.
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