by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com (additional reporting by Ken Pishna)
Rolles Gracie is still set to make his UFC debut on Feb. 6, but it may be against a new opponent. Mostapha Al-Turk has run into visa issues that could prevent the British fighter from making the trip to Las Vegas for the upcoming fight.
Sources close to the situation informed MMAWeekly.com about the visa problems on Friday, stating that if Al-Turk is not able to make the fight, Gracie would face an alternate opponent.
Al-Turk was set to make his third appearance in the Octagon, and was shooting for a better result than his first two times in the UFC. Suffering back-to-back losses to Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Cheick Kongo put Al-Turk in a must win situation when he was scheduled to face Gracie at UFC 109.
There was no timetable given for how long the UFC would give Al-Turk to solve the visa issues before naming a new opponent.
Sources close to Gracie, when contacted by MMAWeekly.com, simply said the fighter is still training hard and plans on fighting at UFC 109 in just over a week.
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