Ricardo Demente’s MMA Fight Canceled

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Ricardo Demente went to weigh-ins but was left without at fight at Fight Club in California. Publicity photo.

Jiu-Jitsu black belt Ricardo “Demente” Abreu had his bout at the Fight Club event held yesterday in California canceled.

His opponent, Wes Swofford of Team Quest, pulled out from the bout moments before official weigh-ins.

“The opponent didn’t show up at weigh-ins, which made things difficult,” explained the Acquaflora/Ribercred representative’s agent, adding, “He simply gave up; he wasn’t injured or anything. The president of the event said that he’d approached seven other fighters first, but none of them agreed to face me. Wes was the eighth, and he agreed to go, even signed a contract. Now he’ll be paying a fine for not showing.”

Despite having shed 31 pounds to make the 185-pound weight limit, Ricardo offered to fight one division up. The promotion offered an opponent available two weight classes up, at heavyweight, but they failed to reach an agreement.

Demente’s fight was to be the third at Fight Club, an MMA event held in Fountain Valley, Calif. It would have been the fourth career fight for Ricardo Abreu, who boasts three first-round wins.

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