A source with knowledge of the situation told MMA Fighting on Tuesday that the "MMA Global Invasion" show being put on by Nemesis Fight Promotions at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana has moved to Dec. 11. The source said the promotion elected to postpone the event rather than risk the potential tropical storm or hurricane.
Tropical Storm Tomas, according to forecasts, is headed toward Hispaniola, a Caribbean island split between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The storm is expected to bring plenty of rain to the island, according to The Weather Channel, and could intensify to hurricane status by the end of the week.
The MMA Global Invasion card featured a main event of former UFC light heavyweight Keith Jardine against Brazilian Fancisco France, a 6-1 Strikeforce vet who has all six of his wins by submission. Jardine is in a highly publicized five-fight skid, the first four of which sent him packing from the UFC. In September, he lost a split decision to Trevor Prangley at Shark Fights 13.
Jardine referenced the date change on his official website on Tuesday. Jardine also confirmed the event's postponement to MMA Fighting by text message. Requests for comment from Nemesis Fight Promotions were not returned as of early Tuesday evening, and a spokesperson at the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana could not immediately confirm the date switch.
The card is also scheduled to feature several other MMA veterans not long removed from top-tier promotions. Other bouts include Paul Buentello (UFC, Strikeforce) vs. Kerry Schall ("The Ultimate Fighter" Season 2), Dean Lister (UFC, Pride) vs. Kyle Seals, Jeff Curran (WEC, Strikeforce, Bellator) vs. Travis Marx, Terry Martin (UFC, WEC, Strikeforce) vs. Marcus Hicks (WEC) and Chris Davis vs. Elliot Marshall (UFC).
The promotion was selling all-inclusive vacation packages for the event, which according to its official site was to include a celebrity golf tournament, a meet-and-greet with fighters prior to weigh-ins and various concerts and pre- and post-fight parties. The site listed former UFC Octagon Girl Ali Sonoma as the event's "host."
There is no word yet on whether the new date will create any scheduling problems for any of the fighters on the card.