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WSOF 23 fight card sustains last-minute fight week shake up because of injuries

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Injuries have forced a few last-minute changes to World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 23 "Gaethje vs. Palomino 2," which takes place this Friday night (Sept. 18, 2015) inside Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.

In particular, Isaac Vallie-Flagg (15-7-1) and Kelvin Tiller (7-1) will no longer compete on the "Prelims" undercard that will stream online via because of injuries sustained in training.

That's bad news, considering Flagg and Tiller were two of the most experienced fighters on the undercard; however, the good news is that the promotion has already plugged in replacements.

Flagg, who was scheduled  to battle Estevan Payan (16-8) at Lightweight, was forced to bow out with an elbow injury. Stepping in on short notice is Kamuela Kirk (4-1), who has no previous WSOF experience but earned a technical knockout victory in his last fight this July.

The precise injury to Tiller was not revealed. He was originally scheduled for a Middleweight bout with the undefeated Russian prospect Vagab Vagabov (19-0), but Brian Grinnell (8-6) will now have that honor.

Check out the updated WSOF 23 card below:


World Series of Fighting Lightweight Championship Main Event: Justin Gaethje (Champion) vs. Luis Palomino (Challenger)
World Series of Fighting Light Heavyweight Championship Co-Main Event: David Branch vs. Teddy Holder
Bantamweight: Timur Valiev vs. Tito Jones
Catchweight (160 pounds): Phoenix Jones vs. Roberto Yong
Lightweight: Brian Foster vs. LaRue Burley


Middleweight: Vagab Vagabov vs. Brian Grinnell
Middleweight: Clifford Starks vs. Krasimir Mladenov
Lightweight: Estevan Payan vs. Kamuela Kirk
Welterweight: Matthew Frincu vs. Danny Davis Jr.
Bantamweight: Andres Ponce vs. David Nuzzo
Bantamweight: Randy Steinke vs. Joey Miolla
Lightweight: Benny Madrid vs. Jeff Fletcher

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