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5 Oz. Exclusive: EliteXC trying to lure Javi Vazquez out of retirement

Stockton, Calif. — After a planned swing bout between lightweight competitors Malaipet Team Diamond and David Douglas fell through after Malaipet was forced to bow out due to injury, EliteXC officials have been left scrambling to find a replacement in time for CBS’s second-ever telecast of “Saturday Night Nights” this past Saturday.

According to a source speaking to on the condition of anonymity, EliteXC had attempted in recent days to lure Javier Vazquez out of retirement.

Vazquez, a renowned competitive grappler who compiled an impressive 12-2 record during an injury-plagued MMA career, announced his retirement immediately following his first round submission over J.C. Pennington during a ShoXC event last October.

The planned swing bout would air on CBS prior to the night’s main event between Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith if one or more of the three fights scheduled before ended early. If there was no time to air the swing bout, it would take place immediately following the end of the telecast.

As of Wednesday night, no decisions had been made in regard to the swing bout and it is unknown whether Vazquez has any desire to come out of retirement.


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