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Even regional cards are subject to last-minute withdrawals and shake ups. Not to worry, though, as Vince Lucero steps in to fight the former WWE champ on short notice at this weekend's MMA event in Rhode Island.
He fought the law (and the law won).
Mixed martial arts (MMA) debutant Rashid Evans was forced to put his cagefighting debut on hold after getting arrested for violating parole earlier this week. That means he's no longer booked to throw hands opposite former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Champion Dave Bautista.
But the show must go on.
Promoters have since tapped longtime veteran Vince Lucero to step in on short notice to tangle with "Brass Body" this Saturday night (Oct. 6, 2012) under the CES MMA banner at the Dunkin' Donuts Arena in Providence, Rhode Island, according to a report from Mark Daniels of The Boston Herald.
Lucero (22-22) turns 41 next month (Bautista is 43) and is coming off back-to-back wins earlier this year over Eric Flood and Mike Martinez for the gang at Rage in the Cage (RITC). Despite his recent success, the Arizonian is just 3-13-1 over the past seven years.
Bautista (0-0) will be making his pro fighting debut.