Fight moved from Gdansk to Aus over security concerns
Heavyweights Anthony Hamilton and Adam Wieczorek made weight at the early morning weigh ins for UFC Fight Night 118 in Gdansk, Poland. However, the pair did not show up for the ceremonial weigh-in and faceoffs. To anyone unfamiliar with organized violence around soccer matches in Europe and elsewhere, the reason was utterly, utterly bizzare.
Poland’s Wieczorek is a fan of a certain soccer team, and a few dozen fans of a rival team showed up with possible bad intentions. There were riot police stationed outside, but the UFC reacted cautiously – and decided to move the fight. It’s like Joe Lauzon is a Pats fan, and some Dolphins fans showed at a weigh in, so the Guida fight was moved to another continent a month later.
“The heavyweight bout between Anthony Hamilton vs. Adam Wieczorek previously scheduled for UFC FIGHT NIGHT: COWBOY vs. TILL on Saturday, Oct. 21, has been moved to a fight card in Sydney, Australia on Nov. 19,” said the UFC in a statement.
This is believed to be the first time a UFC fight was rescheduled due to security concerns. The UFC should be commended for dealing with a potentially violent situation, without violence. That’s using Jiu-Jitsu on a problem.
And the dork hooligans should get a job, and a girlfriend, and a life.