An unfortunate last minute change for the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) has once again shaken up its Light Heavyweight tournament.
Unable to compete due to what the promotion says is dehydration, Ronny Markes is off the WSOF 20 card tomorrow (April 10, 2015) and WSOF newcomer Jesse McElligott will take his place against David Branch.
Last month at WSOF 19, Teddy Holder stepped up on short notice to replace Matt Hamill, making the most of his opportunity with a stunning first round finish of veteran Thiago Silva.
McElligott will try to repeat that feat, only his task is even more daunting. Holder was already scheduled for the card in a different bout, but McElligott comes in fresh as a newborn to face WSOF's middleweight champion (Branch) for a spot in the WSOF 205-pound finals. McElligott had no problem making the weight for WSOF 20, coming in at 203 pounds even, with Branch coming in slightly heavier at 204 pounds.
WSOF President Ray Sefo explains the very late change to this card:
"Ronny's condition is an unfortunate situation, but we are glad that his health has improved since the episode he experienced earlier today. WSOF is committed to the safety of its athletes and therefore, there is no way that we could allow Ronny to go on and compete despite the turnaround in his condition."
It's an unfortunate situation for Markes, but for McElligott, it's the opportunity of a lifetime.