September 29, 2010

The upcoming UFC 120 card in London England has just undergone its first
change, with Wolfslair product Tom Blackledge having been forced to pull
out of his encounter with James McSweeney due to injury. The withdrawl
comes as a major dissapointment to Blackledge who was really looking
forward to engaging with the former Heavyweight fighter.

“I don’t want to go into specific details of the injury, but suffice to say
it is something that I was unable to work around, however much I tried” he
explains, adding that he just has to wait and see what the prognosis for
recovery is as he undergoes further medical checks “At the moment I don’t
know what the recovery will be like but I just have to wait until I have a
few more tests run”

Making your debut for the UFC in your home country, with the chance of all
your friends and family being able to come and witness the event makes this
decision very hard for the fighter, but more than anything, he felt that
everything was slotting into place during the camp.

“It’s very frustrating as the camp has been going really well, sparring and
everything has been really good and I have been a lot lighter than usual as
well. I am hoping that once I am recovered I can start to build that
momentum again and show what I can do in the UFC”

Stepping into his place is heavy-handed Brazilian striker Fabio Maldonado
(17-3-0), ensuring that there will still be a standup war at UFC 120 as
former K1 fighter James McSweeney will look to make a splash in the 205lbs