ACB 54: Supersonic is due to take place at the Manchester Arena this Saturday and features a main event bout between middleweights Luke Barnatt and Mamed Khalidov.
Former Strikeforce and UFC fighter Healy (30-23), who is still being advertised by the promotion, informed MMA Plus through his Twitter account that not only would he not be on the card, but that he had informed ACB of this a while back. “Bam Bam” doesn’t understand why the company is still promoting his fight despite telling them he would be unable to compete when his injury first became apparent.
— Patrick Healy (@BamBamHealy) March 7, 2017
Healy lost his promotional debut at ACB 51 after a quick first round knockout at the hands of Leandro Silva. After three losses in his last four fights, 33-year-old “Bam Bam” was looking to get back to winning ways in Manchester against home favourite Rogers and secure his first win in over a year.
The Russian promotion have been expanding rapidly over the past year and along with their shows around Europe, ACB recently made their U.S. debut with ACB 51 taking place in Irvine, California.
They have also made waves with their new signings which have been seen by many as a statement of intent. These have included top bantamweight Takeya Mizugaki and flyweight Zach Makovsky, who both left the UFC recently and joined ACB.
— ACB fighting league (@acb_league) March 4, 2017
MMA Plus has contacted ACB for a comment but have yet to receive a response as of the time of writing.
Severe MMA’s Niall McGrath later revealed that Thomas Webb had been arranged as a replacement two and a half weeks ago, although ACB continued to promote Healy vs. Rogers regardless.
Subsequently, due to not receiving his flight confirmation on time, Webb pulled out of the fight and the even, leaving Rogers with no known opponent once again.
Little is known about what plans are in place to accommodate Healy’s opponent Rogers (12-1) who’s assumed to still be fighting in Manchester. Although nothing has yet been confirmed in relation to Healy no longer being on the card or a new opponent for Rogers.