EDM Commission Rules Cox Out, Huveneers In
The Fight Club president Mark Sinclair has informed Top MMA News that the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission has ruled that Chad Cox is not experienced enough to take on Nick Hinchliffe at TFC 12. Cox was 5-2 and had most recently lost to the extremely tough Nordine Taleb at W-1. Taleb was Cox’ sole loss since 2007. If true, this is an extremely perplexing decision as this is the same commission that approved the highly one sided Joe Riggs vs Trent Thorne and Dan Severn vs Tom Benesocky KOTC matchups two weeks ago.
Cox’ spot in the main event against Hinchliffe will be taken by Bastien Huveneers (8-3-1) in what should still be a very good fight. Huveneers, who now resides in British Columbia, has appeared at Light-Heavyweight throughout his fight career but will dropping to Middleweight for this title shot. Mark Sinclair has had to scramble to save this main event fight as it was originally Cody Krahn vs Chase Degenhardt, then changed to Craig Brown vs Degenhardt, then Cox vs Hinchliffe, and finally Hinchliffe vs Huveneers.
Huveneers last appeared at AFC where he lost to Abu Dhabi champion Robert Drysdale in a Light-Heavyweight fight.
UPDATE: Edmonton Commission confirmed that Chad Cox is not approved to fight Nick Hinchliffe. Top MMA News would like to make it clear that Chad Cox is not suspended and is allowed to fight on TFC 12 against other suitable competition.
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