05-24-2004, 03:30 PM
Apparently, Lee Murray will be unavailable to compete at UFC 48 due to visa problems. Lion's Den fighter Trevor Prangley will be his replacement.
05-25-2004, 12:09 AM
CARD CHANGES FOR UFC 48: PAYBACK
Lee Murray and Jason Miller out
LAS VEGAS, NEV, May 24, 2004…. Due to issues regarding his travel visa, Zuffa, LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championshipâ, has replaced Lee Murray on the UFC 48 fight card. Murray, from London England, is vigorously trying to resolve his visa problems but it appears that the matter can’t be resolved until after the June 19 bout. Until Murray secures his travel visa no announcement will be made on when he will fight again.
South African, Trevor Prangley (21-2) will take Murray’s place. Prangley will be making his UFC debut against Curtis Stout (7-3-1). Prangley is coming off a unanimous decision win over Andrei Semenov at EE – Russia vs. USA this past March.
Due to on going legal problems Jason Miller has been replaced. Taking Miller’s place will be Jay Hieron (4-0). Hieron, from Long Island, NY will make his UFC debut against Georges St Pierre (6-0).
With these bouts in place here is what the rest of UFC 48 looks like.
The main event at UFC 48: Payback will feature Heavyweight Ken Shamrock as he returns to the Octagon. Shamrock, “The World’s Most Dangerous Man,” (25-8-2) and Kimo (10-3-1), will meet in a long-awaited re-match. Shamrock submitted Kimo with a knee bar at UFC 8: David Vs. Goliath and fans have anticipated a payback fight ever since. Kimo is coming off an impressive submission victory over hometown rival Tank Abbott at UFC 43: Meltdown last June in Las Vegas.
Tim Sylvia (18-0) makes his much anticipated return to the Octagon taking on Frank Mir (7-1) for the Heavyweight championship. Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes (36-4) will meet Renato “Charuto”Verissimo (6-0-0). Power striker Phil Baroni (6-3-0) will battle Evan Tanner (30-4-0) in a re-match of their controversial middleweight fight November 21 at UFC 45: Revolution. Dennis Hallman (51-8-2) looks to avenge a previous defeat to Frank Trigg (9-2). Veteran lightweight Matt Serra (12-3) will meet Ivan Menjivar (13-2) in his UFC debut.
Tickets for the all-star, fight card are $350, $250, $150, $75 and $35, are on sale now at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office in Las Vegas, at all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com and www.mandalaybay.com. Tickets also may be ordered by telephone at 1-877-632-7400 or 1-702-474-4000. Ticket purchases are limited to eight per person and are subject to transaction fees. UFCâ 48: Payback will be available LIVE on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EDT on iNDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, TVN, Echostar, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
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Sylvia vs. Mir should be the main event.
05-25-2004, 12:20 AM
Hallman vs. Trigg could be a main event also
05-25-2004, 10:03 AM
why is it that half of the fighters we're looking forward to see fighting in the ufc never make it?
steroids, visas, ref punching, dana white's generous paychecks, the list goes on.
05-25-2004, 10:28 AM
This Trevor Prangley pissed me off. I like Semenov and I wanted to see him back in the UFC. Thats not going to happen now
05-25-2004, 11:57 AM
this is actually a preaty decent card. regardless of the ones who can't fight, instead of them.... we get new blood. exactly what i wanna see. the other match ups are decent as well.
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