The MMA event scheduled for Worcester, Massachusetts that is rumored to be importing Polish strongman Mariusz Pudzianowski
to the U.S. to face former UFC champion Tim Sylvia
has a new date.
Event promoter Corey Fischer told MMA Fighting that the event has been moved back a month, to May 21 from its original April 23 date, in order to solve a television scheduling conflict.
"The event is definitely happening," Fischer said. "We moved it back a month, but we have the pay-per-view contract signed, arena contract signed, and we're moving forward."
Fischer would not confirm the official signing of the Pudzianowski-Sylvia fight, but said he expects to send out a news release on the event and its signed matchups by this Friday.
Some have questioned whether the intriguing heavyweight fight will take place due to Pudzianowski scheduling another fight on May 7
, giving him little turnaround and preparation time. Fischer cited contract confidentiality terms in declining to comment on the specific bout, but expressed confidence that the overall event would go off as planned.
"I'm not expecting my matchups to change," he said.
Also rumored for the event are major organization veterans Seth Petruzelli
, Houston Alexander
, and Rich Clementi
, who confirmed he is signed for the event in an email to MMA Fighting.
Earlier today, Petruzelli on a post on the popular MixedMartialArts.com message board
, voiced disappointment at the delay.
"Now I just got the contract to fight Houston Alexander and they just called my manager this morning to push it back till (sic) who knows when!!!!" he wrote.
But Fischer says his new date, rumored for the DCU Center, is firm.
"It will all be announced on Friday," he said.