Roland Delorme Steps Up to Face Nick Denis
Short notice fights featuring two Canadians seems to becoming the standard in the UFC. First, John Alessio stepped up when Matt Wiman was injured to face Mark Bocek at UFC 145 and now Roland Delorme steps into Johnny Bedford’s spot to face Nick Denis at UFC on Fox 3 on May 5th.
Winnipeg’s Roland Delorme is 1-0 in the UFC with a win in late 2011 over Josh Ferguson. Delorme finished Ferguson with a third round submission. Delorme, who was a cast member in The Ultimate Fighter 14, is 7-1 in his career.
Nick Denis (11-2) will also look to stay unbeaten in the UFC. Denis won Knockout of the Night at UFC on FX 1 in Nashville, Tennessess with a highlight reel KO over Joseph Sandoval with standing elbows.
Nick Denis’ manager Robin Black weighed in on the fight,
Some people complain when two Canadians fight but this is the fight game and these two guys are total pros. They’re both the kinda guys who’ll fight who’s ever put in front of them. Do I think Canadians should fight each other? I think anyone should fight each other. Fighting another man is the biggest sign of respect. Have at it guys!
As for the late change in opponent, Black stated,
Nick does a great job of making his fights about him, about what he does, and not about his opponent. He’s got the perfect kind of mind to deal with a last minute opponent change.
UFC on Fox 3 is headlined by Jim Miller and Nate Diaz and also features Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks in a Welterweight battle.