by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
The World Cagefighting Organization and Valor Fighting may have run into a few bumps in the road, but their event at the San Diego Sports Arena is set to move forward on Saturday night.
According to fight manager Ken Pavia, the event is now scheduled to feature nine bouts instead of the initial 12. Two of his fighters, Tiki Ghosn and Carmello Marrero, wound up without opponents and neither will fight. Ghosn’s opponent withdrew at the last minute and Marrero’s opponent failed to gain approval from the California State Athletic Commission.
Another client, Joe Riggs, was involved in a car accident after leaving the airport. “Joe is still fighting though,” said Pavia. “He has been cleared and is good to go.”
Ultimate Fighting Championship and Pride veteran Mark Kerr’s original opponent, Rick Roufus, was unable to gain CSAC clearance in time for Saturday night’s event. Hawaiian fighter Kauai Kupihea however has stepped in and gained clearance to face Kerr according to Pavia.
The evening features Renato “Babalu” Sobral against Vernon “Tiger” White in the main event and a heavyweight contest between former UFC champion Ricco Rodriguez and Mike Kyle, who is returning to action for the first time since being suspended following a disqualification against Brian Olsen in a 2006 World Extreme Cagefighting bout.