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Velasquez Unlikely for Al-Turk Fight After Knee Injury

(Cain Velasquez cracks Brad Morris at UFC 83. Photo courtesy of

As a couple of you pointed out yesterday, a match between Cain Velasquez and a foreigner with “a terrorist name” would have been perfect for UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” event on December 10th. Unfortunately, the Velasquez/Mustapha Al-Turk bout is in danger as the American fighter recently suffered a knee injury in training, and is currently recovering from arthroscopic surgery. According to MMAWeekly, a final decision on Velasquez’s status will be made in two weeks, but his fight will probably be rescheduled to UFC 92 (12/27) or 93 (1/31).

“Fight for the Troops” — which aims to raise millions for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence — will be broadcast for free on Spike. So far, the card looks like this:

Mike Swick vs. Jonathan Goulet
Steve Bruno vs. Luke Cummo
Frankie Edgar vs. Matt Wyman
Luigi Fioravanti vs. Brodie Farber
Eddie Sanchez vs. Justin McCully
Dale Hartt vs. Corey Hill

Update: Al-Turk will now face Cheick Kongo on the main card of UFC 92 (December 27th, Las Vegas).

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Dr.- September 22, 2008 at 5:03 pm
Hopefully Luigi won't come to the fight looking like the fat slob that showed up against Sanchez. Pack something else besides pasta and pizza in those supposed bombs-for-fists. Diego's burrito-fed high kick beat you on there.
C-Bus Allstar- September 22, 2008 at 3:15 pm
I think Wiman/Edgar has some serious potential, but I'm just not all that excited for anything else on this card.. I mean, they are doing this for fundraising reasons and doing so at no cost to the troops and what not, they might as well go big or go home. Without Velasquez/Al-Turk, this card is less than spectacular.
joejoe- September 22, 2008 at 2:59 pm
wiman/edgar is a great matchup, winner of this fight should be considered within a fight or two of the title
skidding- September 22, 2008 at 2:57 pm
Frankie Edgar vs. Matt Wyman looks like a barnburner.

Win or lose, Matt always seems to make the highlight reel.
mma blaster- September 22, 2008 at 2:50 pm
That sucks if Velasquez can't go. I actually would like to see Velasquez take a step up in competition against someone like Kongo or Herring.
Your moms favorite MMA star- September 22, 2008 at 1:51 pm
i was wondering what the scrubs from TUF were doin these days
Vrax- September 22, 2008 at 1:38 pm
Hopefully Sanchez//McCully is a loser leaves town type thang.