All of the fighters in attendance at Wednesday’s weigh-in for Thursday’s Palace Fighting Championship 7 in Lemoore, Calif., made weight, according to PFC representative Jeremy Luchau.
Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Richie Hightower, however, was a no show, having to withdraw from a welterweight title bout with Bryan Travers due to an undisclosed illness.
“We received word last minute that Richie is sick and unable to compete on Thursday,” PFC president Christian Printup said.
Printup confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that Joel Crawford has agreed to step in at the last minute to face Travers. The bout will now be a three-round, non-title affair and will not be part of the televised portion of the fight card.
PFC events began airing on Comcast SportsNet on Feb. 29. According to Printup, the programming on Comcast reaches more than 4.7 million households in Northern California and parts of Oregon and Nevada.
Current light heavyweight champion Jeromy Freitag will still make his first title defense on Thursday when he faces Brazilian fighter Jorge Oliveira.
PFC Light Heavyweight Title Fight
Jeromy Freitag (204 lbs.) vs. Jorge Oliveira (202 lbs.)
-Jorge Evangelista (145 lbs.) vs. Enoch Wilson (145 lbs.)
-Phil Collins (189 lbs.) vs. Mike Martinez (189 lbs.)
-Ulysses Gomez (125 lbs.) vs. Greg McDowell (119 lbs.)
-Glover Teixeira (204 lbs.) vs. Buckley Acosta (204 lbs.)
-Jeremiah Metcalf (184 lbs.) vs. Jimmy Dexter (184 lbs.)
-Daniel Pinedo (126 lbs.) vs. David Mitchell (125 lbs.)
-Carlton Jones (239 lbs.) vs. Rafael Del Real (227 lbs.)
-Bryan Travers (167 lbs.) vs. Joel Crawford (N/A)
-Manuel Quezada (220 lbs.) vs. Charles Hodges (380 lbs.)
-Danny Castillo (155 lbs.) vs. Andy Salazar (152 lbs.)
-Robert Breslin (155 lbs.) vs. Brandon Jinnies (150 lbs.)