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MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR FRIDAY: BEN ROTHWELL OFF UFC 203 DUE TO INJURY, FABRICIO WERDUM REMATCHES TRAVIS BROWNE

Ben Rothwell away UFC 203 because of trauma, Fabricio Werdum finds competitor MMAJunkie reported Thursday that heavyweight Ben Rothwell is 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 defeated in a Fox card’s event over five rounds. UFC 203 takes place in the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on September 10th. Here is 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 a bid to get UFC fighters unionized It was announced Thursday that a new organization, The Expert Fighters Association (PFA), has formed in an effort to have UFC fighters unionized through a media release. The team is led labor attorney Lucas Middlebrook, by prominent baseball agent Jeff Borris and economist Andrew Zimbalist. Here’s what the press release had to say. “PFA will not only be a union of fighters, but it’ll be governed exclusively by fighters, but it’s the fighters that will control their own futures. The PFA has also received assistance from MLSPU, NFLPA, NHLPA, NBAPA and the MLBPA. I have been blessed to represent elite athletes for nearly 40 decades, and think now more than ever in the benefits of collective bargaining to enhance and enhance terms and conditions of employment, that’s why I fully support and promote efforts of the fighters to arrange a union to represent them.” Said NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr. UFC fighters would need to challenge that status lawfully in order to form a union and are independent contractors.
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