The Miguel Torres kickboxing experiment is over ... before it even began.
The former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) bantamweight champion has withdrawn from his upcoming fight against Shane Oblonsky at the GLORY 17: "Los Angeles" event on June 21 in Inglewood, Calif., according to the promotion, and has been replaced by Brazil's Marcus Vinicius.
"Baiano" is ranked No. 8 in the featherweight division, having last seen action at GLORY 8 in Japan, where he dropped a decision to No. 1-ranked Mosab Amrani. If Vinicius can win the featherweight contender tournament in Los Angeles, he'll earn a spot in the division's next world championship tournament later this year.
But that means he must first get through Oblonsky, who like fellow tournament participants Gabriel Varga and Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai, are all gunning for the same prize.
GLORY 17 airs live on Spike TV and will be followed immediately afterward by the GLORY: "Last Man Standing" pay-per-view (PPV) event, billed as "the most stacked card in kickboxing history" with three world titles on the line.
Marc De Bonte defends his welterweight title against "Bazooka" Joe Valtellini while Daniel Ghita rematches Rico Verhoeven in heavyweight action.
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