The UFC Washington card, set to go down on December 7 at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., has been hit with a handful of changes.
Just call it a card in flux. UFC on ESPN 7, which sees the promotion head to Washington, D.C. next month, has had a number of late shake-ups. For starters, welterweight Mickey Gall has been removed from the event, in the wake of an injury to Carlos Condit. Additionally, Chris Fishgold announced Monday that he was off the card, although the British featherweight did not state a reason. Finally, with Livinha Souza out of the event due to a back injury, Mallory Martin is stepping up to take her place.
“Unfortunately I won’t be fighting on UFC Washington next week. Fingers crossed [I’ll] be back fighting soon,” Fishgold wrote in an Instagram story. The former Cage Warriors champion was expected to face Billy Quarantillo on the televised preliminary portion of UFC Washington. It remains to be seen if the promotion will be able to secure a replacement on short notice.
Strawweight Mallory Martin (6-2) will be making her promotional debut when she steps in against Virna Jandiroba in the American capital. Martin appeared on Dana White’s Contender Series this past August, defeating Micol di Segni. She did not, however, earn a UFC deal, but instead returned to Invicta FC, picking up a win over Cynthia Arceo earlier this month.
News of Carlos Condit falling off the UFC on ESPN 7 card, meanwhile, broke earlier this month. While replacement opponents were investigated, it appears Gall (6-2) will now be looking to 2020 for his return to the octagon, given the remaining 2019 events appear booked solid.
UFC Washington (UFC on ESPN 7) is headlined by a heavyweight tilt between Alistair Overeem and Jarzinho Rozenstruik. The latter stepped into the fight in the wake of Walt Harris departing the card due to the disappearance of his stepdaughter Aniah Blanchard.