Joey Beltran to replace Al Turk at UFC 109?

by John Morgan & Dann Stupp
February 2, 2010

UFC newcomer Joey Beltran s likely to replace Mostapha al Turk and fight fellow octagon rookie Rolles Gracie at Saturday's UFC 109 event.

Beltran's manager, Matt Stansell, today told MMAjunkie.com that the fighter agreed to the bout and is expected to replace Al Turk, who's dealing with non-injury-related issues.

Multiple sources have pointed to either visa or paperwork/licensing issues as the reason for Al Turk's likely unavailability. However, Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer told MMAjunkie.com that the commission cleared the Brit's January application.

Beltran, a longtime Total Combat and King of the Cage fighter, enters the UFC with six wins in his past seven fights, which included a first-round TKO of UFC vet Sherman Pendergarst at a May 2009 Bellator Fighting Championships event. He's posted stoppages (nine knockouts and one submission) in all 10 of his career wins.

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