SUNDAY NEWS DIGEST 1/13: Randy Brown pulled from UFC on ESPN+ lineup in puzzling change

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

July 14, 2018; Boise, ID, USA; Randy Brown (red gloves) fights Niko Price (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at CenturyLink Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

After a couple of quiet week’s following a tumultuous UFC 232 fight week, UFC’s debut on ESPN and ESPN+ is right around the corner. With the card now less than a week away, some last minute changes to the card are happening.

Welterweight Randy Brown finds himself in a unique circumstance where he seems to have been pulled from the card despite being in perfect health. In an Instagram post, Brown wrote “Thank you to all my friends family and the fans attending the UFC Brooklyn event. I am 100% healthy and ready to fight. My team and I tried our best to keep the fight on. Unfortunately, the decision wasn’t up to us. I’m excited to be back in action as soon as possible #UFCBrooklyn.”

Brown was set to take on Chance Rencountre on the preliminary card, but now Rencountre will fight Dwight Grant on about a week’s notice.

Brown’s departure from the card and his assertion that he is healthy could lead to speculation of a possible USADA failure. UFC and USADA began the practice of not announcing test failures until after the process has been seen through. So the possibility of a USADA violation is a possibility, although it would serve Brown better to keep quiet about it rather than say he’s healthy and drawing attention to other possibilities.

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