Man, what a shitty month it’s been for fighters pulling out of fights, and it ain’t getting better any time soon. A title fight between Jake Shields and Drew Ficket was axed earlier this week because Jake Shields hurt his back. I’ve lost count of how many times Gilbert Melendez’ opponent has been switched. Add Cyborg Santos getting scratched from the card due to visa issues and that’s a lot of star power suddenly gone.
Well, things just got worse as Nick Diaz has pulled out of the event as well for super secret ‘undisclosed’ reasons. You know shit’s in bad shape when so many fighters pull out that you can match their opponents against eachother, and that’s exactly what EliteXC has done, putting Drew Fickett against Jae Suk Lim.
At this point all we can do is ward ourselves against the evil eye and hope this mysterious rash of injuries and misfortune ends with the month of March.