After Mark Cherico announced last week that a re-aggrivated neck injury would force him out of the main event at next month’s 247 FC: Brawl in the Burgh 2, promotion officials immediately went to work finding a replacement.
BluegrassMMA has now learned that that replacement will come in the form of UFC and Strikeforce veteran Yuri Villefort (11-7). He’ll face Joey Munoz (7-5) in the main event.
The 18-fight veteran has previously trained at American Top Team and Blackzilians, but he and his brother Danillo – also a UFC veteran – opened Indio Dojo in Pittsburgh last year.
Villefort’s MMA career has been one of streaks. After starting 6-0 on the regional scene, he lost his first bout in his Strikeforce debit against Quinn Mulhern in 2012. That started a five-fight losing streaking that included an 0-2 run in the UFC and a loss against Adam Townsend at the RFA vs. Legacy event.
He rebounded with five straight wins from 2015-2017, including three wins in Nebraska’s Victory FC promotion. Then he signed with the Professional Fighters League last year and lost back-to-back bouts against UFC veterans Rick Story and Joao Zeferino.
This will be his first fight in 15 months and his first appearance fighting in his new hometown.
Indio Dojo will also send some of its first fighters into action when amateurs Dylan Dzikowski and Jay Manning make their debuts on Nov. 16.
Munoz returns to Pittsburgh from Nebraska for the second time, as he lost a decision against Khama Worthy in the promotion’s debut main event in April. He since lost another bout against 60-fight veteran Alonzo Martinez in May, and he has won just one of his last five bouts after starting off his career with a 6-1 mark.
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