Following Rash of Injuries, Instinct MMA 3 Delayed
Just over two weeks prior to Instinct MMA 3, originally set to take place February 25 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, President Stephane Patry has been forced to delay his event after six main card fighters were sidelined by injuries. UPDATE (Feb 10th, 4 PM): The event has been moved back to March 31.
Though the specific names of the injured have not been released, sources confirm they include headliner Martin ‘the Hammer’ Grandmont, as well as Waylon Lowe and Jessica Branco.
When contacted for comment Wednesday night, Patry would only say he was considering delaying his event by a week or two. However, multiple camps with fighters set to participate in the event confirmed to Top MMA News that they had officially been told fights wouldn’t be taking place on the planned date.
By how many weeks the show will be pushed back remains to be seen, though the province will already be hosting a boxing card on Saturday, March 3, and a Ringside MMA event on March 17. Both sports are governed by the Regie des Alcools Courses et Jeux (RACJ), and the commission does not habitually cover multiple events on a single day, limiting Instinct’s options.
Set to be the first pro MMA event in Sherbrooke in nearly ten years, Instinct 3 had over 20 announced bouts, split between an afternoon undercard and an evening main card.
On top of the Martin Grandmont (12-6) vs. Brandon Thatch (6-1) Welterweight main event and a Waylon Lowe (12-4) – Alvin Robinson (12-6) Featherweight tilt, the card was also announced as featuring a Light-Heavyweight bout between Todd Stoute (4-0) and Sebastien Gauthier (6-2), and the promotional debut of former Ringside Bantamweight champion Stephane Pelletier.
Stay tuned to Top MMA News for the latest on Instinct MMA 3.