International Fighting Organization light heavyweight champion Travis Wiuff was originally scheduled to defend his title against Pride veteran Cyrille “Snake” Diabate at the IFO’s “Fireworks in the Cage IV” event. The show is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 28 at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Diabate recently suffered a broken ankle during training and will not be able to fight. The French striker is expected to be in a cast for three weeks and will return to training shortly after.
Steele Cage Promotions, the parent company of the IFO, has found a replacement to face its defending champion. Wisconsin native Jessie Veium has stepped up on short notice to challenge Wiuff for his 205-pound divisional title. Veium is an NHB King Grappler Champion and is riding an eleven-fight winning streak.
The fight card is as follows:
IFO TITLE FIGHTS
205 lbs. – Travis Wiuff vs. Jessie Veium
135 lbs. – Del Hawkins vs. Brandon Foxworth
IFO NON-TITLE FIGHTS
115 lbs. – Elena Reid vs. Tammie Schneider
145 lbs. – Dennis Davis vs. Reynaldo Duarte
155 lbs. – Joe Cronin vs. Jeff Cox
205 lbs. – Ryan Bader vs. Ryan Peterson
170 lbs. – Spirit Wolf vs. Chris Reedy
265 lbs. – Buddy Roberts vs. Dennis Bacon