Just over 24-hours ago it appeared that light-heavyweight standout Travis Wiuff might not be making his PRIDE debut at the upcoming Second Coming show this Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada, after his scheduled opponent Kazuhiro Nakamura was forced to drop out due to a knee injury.
But in the fast-paced world of MMA, things can change on a dime, and it appears as if that’s the case again. It has been confirmed by MMAWeekly that Wiuff will indeed be fighting Saturday night against late replacement James Lee. Of course, that also depends on Lee being able to get his medicals cleared and everything approved by the athletic commission’s office, but he is the opponent planned for Wiuff at this point.
Lee currently sports an 8-3 record and is looking to rebound off a loss in his last fight against Tony Bonello at a King of the Cage event in Australia this past July. Prior to this most recent loss, James had won seven of his last eight fights [including one No Contest], with his only two previous losses coming to MMA veterans Dean Lister and Vernon “Tiger” White.
Conversely, Travis Wiuff has won two fights in a row, including his most recent victory over Jason Guida at XFO 14 in December. He is looking to continue his winning streak by having a successful first of three fights on the PRIDE contract he signed after exiting the IFL late last year.