Beebe allegedly sustained a knee injury that hampered his training and ability to reduce his weight to the contractually-set limit of 135 pounds. However, the former WEC champion failed to provide medical records regarding his injury and did not appear at today's official weigh-in, resulting in the UWC finding a last-minute replacement.
"We are extremely disappointed that Chase failed to show up today to compete at MAN "O" WAR and equally frustrated by the way this entire situation has played out," said Ultimate Warrior Sports Development CEO Marcello Foran. "We were aware that he was having troubling cutting weight earlier this week, but never received any official medical documentation about the severity or extent of an injury that would force him to pull out of the show which is required in his contract."
Beebe missed his Thursday morning flight from Illinois to Washington, DC and failed to post at today's official weigh-in. He has not communicated directly with any UWC official to alert them of his decision. UWC plans to hold Beebe legally accountable and Virginia's sanctioning body, the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, plans to impose sanctions against the fighter.
"While this situation is certainly disappointing to everyone, I promise that MAN "O" WAR will live up to everyone's high expectation as the biggest and best MMA show to hit the National Capital region," continued Foran about the UWC's third Washington DC area event. "Every single fighter participating tomorrow will give 100-percent and my hat certainly goes off to Justin and Mike for their professionalism for agreeing to the championship fight at last minute."
Beebe's camp through trainer Marc Fiore informed UWC officials this past Tuesday night that the 24-year old fighter was having trouble making weight due to an apparent knee injury suffered in training camp. Beebe's camp asked Easton's team if they would be willing to allow Beebe to fight at a higher weight of 145 pounds, mentioning the possibility that Beebe might not be able to compete at 135 pounds on Saturday. A one pound concession to 136 pounds was granted to Beebe by UWC officials. Beebe's contract with the UWC requires the fighter to be medically evaluated by a UWC-approved physician in the event of injury that would prevent him from participating. At mid-week, UWC officials began working on a contingency replacement as a result of their conversations with Beebe's camp.
Known for his heart and strong work ethics Robbins has been training at H.I.T. Squad with nine-time UFC champion Matt Hughes ever since his bosses' bout with George St. Pierre. Robbins, 27, is 13-6-1 and has competed at a highest level in Elite XC and in WEC 29.
UWC 5: MAN "O" WAR will be co-headlined by a light heavyweight battle between Antwain "The Juggernaut" Britt vs. Jamal "The Suit" Patterson, as well as seven other high level fights. Doors will open at 6:30pm and the first fight is at 7:30pm. Tickets for the event are available via Ticketmaster and at the door. For more information, visit www.uwcmma.com.