Let's try this again, shall we?
Long-time mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Dennis Hallman has been booked to battle Jon Fitch in the co-main event of WSOF 11, which goes down on July 5, 2014, in Daytona, Fla., as a late replacement for Josh Burkman, who yesterday was forced out of his trilogy match against Fitch because of an elbow injury.
Hallman is now the fourth opponent scheduled to face Fitch after his previous three foes, including the aforementioned Burkman -- who was a replacement for Jake Shields, who was a replacement for Rousimar Palhares -- all dropped out for various reasons.
Thankfully for World Series of Fighting (WSOF), the fight was too good to pass up for Hallman, who broke it down to MMA Fighting earlier this afternoon:
"Regrettably, yes, I am out of the tournament, but I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to fight someone like Jon Fitch. I regard him as one of the best in the world and while I believe that the tournament has similar opportunities to face top-level guys, the chance to fight Fitch was just too big to pass up."
The tournament Hallman's referring to is the Battlegrounds eight-man, one night tournament he was scheduled to participate in on June 27, 2014. But taking a fight -- and potentially scoring a win -- against an established veteran such as Fitch holds more value for "Superman."
Hallman currently owns a three-fight win streak that dates back to his final fight under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner where he defeated John Makdessi at UFC 140.
Despite his transgression, Hallman was still paid his "show" and "win" money by the promotion to help alleviate his personal issues.