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Promoter Reacts To Allowing 'MMA's Biggest Mismatch' To Go Ahead

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Promoter Reacts To Allowing 'MMA's Biggest Mismatch' To Go Ahead

Evolution of Combat have expressed their 'regret' at the disgraced bout that has been dubbed as 'MMA's biggest mismatch'.

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​A clash between prospect Aron Lee and journeyman Craig Wood sparked outrage following their September 2021 match-up. 

Image: MMA UK
Image: MMA UK
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Lee destroyed Wood, with MMA journalist Harry Williams shedding light on the contest. 

He tweeted: "Can we please find out who allowed this fight to go ahead? I know there’s journeymen, but there’s a line, surely."​

A video of Lee vs. Wood then surfaced online, with the Scottish promotion issuing a statement.

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A spokesperson for EoC said: "We are aware of the footage and the one image doing the rounds of a particular fight on EoC9.

"We wanted to put out a statement to make people aware that this match up does not represent the values of EoC.

"We strive to try and match as evenly matched bouts as possible, as some great encounters have proved on 10 different EoC shows.

"This particular show had many last minute pull outs. We also had staff shortages. Sometimes using journey men is the only way a show can still go ahead and we are grateful to them for that as many other promotions are. This particular last minute replacement was pulled in with less than 24hrs notice, the name used on all run sheets etc was the one given to EOC the evening before. This ensured the Icelandic amateur could still make a showing.

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"We as a promotion regret that this matchup happened with such a size discrepancy and looking back would not make the same decision. We can however say that two consenting men chose to step into the octagon to compete and both walked out healthy.

"Since this event we have ran another event with a different outlook and look to ensure we keep good standards 100% of the time from now on."

Featured Image Credit: PA/MMA UK

Topics: UFC

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