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 Ben Rothwell is off UFC 203 due to a knee injury. Because of this, the UFC has found a replacement for former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, and it is a familiar foe at Travis Browne, that Werdum conquered within five rounds in the event of a Fox card. UFC 203 takes place. Here’s an updated look in 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 a new company, The Professional Fighters Association (PFA), has formed in an attempt to have UFC fighters unionized via a press release. The group is led labour attorney Lucas Middlebrook by prominent baseball agent Jeff Borris and economist Andrew Zimbalist. Here is what the press release had to say. “PFA will not just be a union of fighters, but it’ll be governed solely by fighters, but it’s the fighters that will control their own futures. The PFA has also received the support of NBAPA, NFLPA, NHLPA, the MLBPA and MLSPU. I have been privileged to represent elite athletes for almost 40 decades, and believe now more than ever in the benefits of collective bargaining to enhance and improve terms and conditions of employment, that’s the reason why I fully support and encourage efforts of the fighters to organize a union to represent them.” Said current NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr. So as to form a union, UFC fighters are independent contractors and would have to challenge that standing.
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