(Press Release) – The IXFA made a press release to local media informing everyone that MMA veteran Chad Cook, who was set to fight IXFA belt holder Ike Villanueva for the Light-Heavyweight Title, has suffered a dislocated rib. Cook’s doctor has advised him against taking the fight.
“This is a very unfortunate situation for me; I was half way through probably my best training camp when I dislocated my rib, I tried to train through the injury but my doctor said I needed 3-4 weeks off to heal. I wanted to just call it down and give the IXFA a chance to replace me on the card. I will be ready for the April IXFA card and hope that Ike and I get a chance to make it up,” Cook said.
The IXFA is currently in talks with a few fighters to step in and replace Cook and we’ll update you as soon as they announce a replacement.
“Today the IXFA announced the signing of Lex Pappas to replace the injured Chad Cook on the February 26th fight card. Pappas will battle IXFA Light-Heavyweight Champion Ike Villanueva for the title. Lex trains at Gold Team Texas in Sugarland under UFC/Pride Veteran Jorge “Macaco” Patino. We are excited to see Lex in IXFA action, he won’t disappoint the crowd,” Reed Said.