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Nick Ring Falls Ill, Bout with Costa Philippou Cancelled
Nick Ring became ill after UFC 154 weigh-ins and will be unable to compete against Constantinos Philippou. Information about Ring’s medical condition still remains to be a mystery but after the short notice cancellation, his opponent has also been scratched off the event which will take place tonight at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
UFC 154 is headlined by a unification bout welterweight title match between returning champion Georges St. Pierre against interim welterweight belt holder Carlos Condit.
The pay-per-view broadcast will now feature a new lightweight match between Mark Bocek and Rafael dos Anjos. And a preliminary match between Antonio Carvalho and Rodrigo Damm that was originally scheduled as a live stream via Facebook will now be seen under the FX undercard broadcast.
Nick “The Promise” Ring is a 33 year old middleweight from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and has an impressive professional fight record of 13 wins and only one loss. His last fight was a win via unanimous decision against Court McGee at UFC 149 Faber versus Barao in July 2012. Before defeating McGee, he suffered his first loss against Tim Boetsch via unanimous decision at UFC 135 Jones versus Rampage in September 2011. He had a consistent record of 12 consecutive wins since he started his professional MMA career in February 2002. His current medical condition remains to be announced by his team.
On the other hand, Ring’s opponent, Constantinos Philippou is a 32 year old middleweight fighter from Merrick, New York, United States. He also has a superb record of 11 wins, 2 losses and 1 no contest in his professional MMA career. His match against Ring would have been a great opportunity to test his luck as he had 4 consecutive wins since August 2011 and has defeated impressive fighters like Riki Fukuda, Court McGee, Jared Hamman and Jorge Rivera.
As fans await reports regarding Ring’s medical condition, they also await the results of the headliner fight between Georges St. Pierre and Carlos Condit. St Pierre or “Rush” is a welterweight that is fresh from a long vacation since his win against Josh Koscheck in December 2011 via unanimous decision. Condit on the other hand has 5 consecutive wins against impressive fighters like Dan Hardy, Rory MacDonald, Jake Ellenberger and Nicky Diaz. This fight will prove once and for all who the interim welterweight belt belongs to.