Brits & Pieces: Brown In, Bisping Inks Deal, Escudero Out, BAMMA 7 The MMA Corner Staff September 7, 2011 News Every Wednesday, The MMA Corner’s Duncan Price will bring a view of the MMA world from across the pond in England, covering well-known British fighters within the UFC and Strikeforce, and also looking at significant events put on by British promotions within the borders of the United Kingdom. Brown Replaces Krauss, Meets Hathaway at UFC 138 One man’s misfortune is often another man’s opportunity, and this has certainly turned out to be the case for Matt Brown. Last week on Brits & Pieces, we brought you the news that German prospect Pascal Krauss had been ruled out of his UFC 138 bout with John Hathaway due to a shoulder injury, leaving the Brit without an opponent. Matt Brown (Dave Mandel/Sherdog) Brown was quick to answer the call for a replacement and will now face Hathaway at the event to be held Nov. 5 at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England. In his last appearance on British soil, Brown defeated TUF 9 winner James Wilks by TKO. Unfortunately, he was unable to push on from there and in fact lost his next three fights in row. Even though he got back to winning ways recently by defeating John Howard in June, Brown really does need a good performance here against the home favourite Hathaway. In his most recent outing, Hathaway faced tough grappler Kris McCray. Although it was a very close fight, Hathaway was awarded the victory via split decision. It was certainly a step in the right direction for the Brighton-born welterweight, but it was a far cry from the success he had enjoyed previously with wins over the likes of Diego Sanchez and Rick Story. It is highly unlikely that Hathaway’s position within the UFC is under threat if he loses against Brown, but he certainly needs to stamp his authority on the fight if he is to advance up the divisional ladder. The change in opponent may actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Hathaway, as I believe this is a more entertaining fight and potentially a better match-up based on his current skill set. It is not yet known whether the contest will occupy a slot on the main card, but I do know that this is a tussle the British fans will be desperate to see. Bisping Signs New UFC Deal There was good news for fans of Michael “The Count” Bisping last week, as it was announced that he has signed a new eight-fight deal with the UFC. Michael Bisping (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine) The news comes shortly before the latest series of The Ultimate Fighter is aired on Sept. 21 featuring Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller as rival coaches. The pair will headline the TUF 14 Finale which is scheduled to take place Dec. 3 in Las Vegas. Whilst an agreement of this length does seem unusual, it is of course dependant on Bisping remaining successful within the organisation. The UFC will normally retain the right to end the contract of any fighter should they lose a certain amount of times or become surplus to requirement. Bisping has his detractors, but the fact remains that he has won 12 of his 15 total fights in the UFC and has only ever been defeated by former world champions. Should he be successful against Miller, there is a serious argument to be made for Bisping to get a shot at Anderson Silva’s middleweight title. Escudero Off BAMMA 7 Card Efrain Escudero has apparently withdrawn from this weekend’s BAMMA 7 fight with Tim Radcliffe. Efrain Escudero (William Musacchia/Sherdog) According to Escudero, visa issues prevented his travel to the UK on Monday, and with issues not being able to be resolved until much later in the week, he and his management opted out of the fight. Escudero spoke to MMAWeekly.com about the situation: “Apparently they couldn’t fly me in, in time, they wanted to fly me up on Thursday and I would get there Friday at 1 o’clock and there’s no way.” “They said it was a visa issue, they couldn’t, I really don’t know the full scale about it. They said it was a visa issue.” He also stated that all the paperwork seemed to be in order including his passport and necessary identification, but concerns continued to exist up through Monday when he was supposed to travel. Escudero admitted he was disappointed that things turned out the way they did, but after a full training camp and preparation for this weekend, he’s ready to step into the cage as soon as possible. “I’m off the card completely, looking to book another fight somewhere cause I’m ready to fight.” There’s been no word at this time if Tim Radcliffe will remain on the BAMMA card this weekend. BAMMA 7 – The Wait Is Over We have talked about it for weeks here in Brits & Pieces, but the time for discussion is over as BAMMA 7 takes place this Saturday from The National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England. Jim Wallhead (Jim Page/Sherdog) The card took a few tough body blows as Tom “Kong” Watson was ruled out of the main event with a back injury, a planned bout between Che Mills and Joey Villasenor fell through, and Efrain Escudero appears to have been ruled out due to visa issues. Fortunately, recent Bellator FC competitor Jimmy Wallhead stepped in to replace Watson and he now faces Frank Trigg in the most anticipated fight of the night. UFC and Strikeforce veteran Paul Daley was also added to the card at relatively short notice and his addition surely boosts the profile of the entire event. He meets experienced Bulgarian and fellow UFC combatant Jordan Radev in the co-main event spot. The final line-up is as follows: Main Card Jim Wallhead vs. Frank Trigg Jordan Radev vs. Paul Daley Tim Radcliffe vs. TBD Carl Noon vs. Jack Marshmann Lightweight Title Fight: Leonardo Santos vs. Rob Sinclair Preliminary Card Jason Ball vs. Andre Winner Dale Hardiman vs. Scott Jansen Chris Fishgold vs. Jeremy Petley Danny Compton vs. Pindi Madahar Robert Devanne vs. Eugene Fadiora Lee Taylor vs. Tom Breese Shah Hussain vs. Dean Amasinger Robert Krecicki vs. Fraser Opie Erik Perez vs. James Brum I will be tweeting throughout the night on behalf of The MMA Corner from my personal Twitter account @DuncMMA if you would like to receive real-time updates and results. Alternatively, we will of course have a full recap of the event in next week’s edition of Brits & Pieces.