With Mostapha Al Turk reportedly having visa issues, the UFC has apparently found a replacement for the British fighter for Saturday’s UFC 109 event against Rolles Gracie.
In a report from MMAJunkie.com, UFC newcomer Joey Beltran, is likely to replace Al Turk. Although waiting on final word from Al Turks camp, Beltran is heading to Las Vegas tomorrow which hosts Saturday’s event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran has won six of his last seven fights, with all six coming by way of TKO. He holds wins over UFC veterans Sherman Pendergarst, and most recently, Houston Alexander, which he won by second round TKO in January. He will be taking this fight on just five days notice, with his last fight just being three weeks ago.
Gracie, from the famed Gracie clan, made his pro debut in 2007. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt defeated Sam Holloway via submission while fighting in the International Fight League. He wouldn’t fight again for nearly two years, when he returned in 2009 and moved his record to 3-0 with a pair of submission victories.
UFC 109 is set to air live on pay-per-view this Saturday, from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.