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Bennett Withdraws from Israel Fighting Championship

Written on November 03, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Something new is coming to the Middle East, as Israel Fighting Championship is penciled to grace its first event in Tel-Aviv. Can they be the UFC promotion of the Middle East with Bennett bowing down?

Charles Bennett has been forced to withdraw from Israel Fighting Championship’s inaugural event next Tuesday. According to some sources, it was due to Bennett’s passport set to expire during his time in Israel. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time to renew it. Thus, Thiago Meller is slated to take his place in the November 9 tourney, to face Ariel Abargel. More notable fighters like Frank Trigg, Ricco Rodriguez, Hermes Franca, Rameau Thierry Sokodjou and Shonie Carter are also set to compete for the card. The IFC: Genesis will be held at the Nokia Arena in Tel-Aviv.

The Israel Fighting Championship is owned by three Israeli businessmen, who aims to become the UFC-sized promotion in Middle East. Mike Ben-Avi, an American representative for the organization, believes that they are not another promotion and another show. IFC is a big organization that is set to grace a huge show in Tel-Aviv.

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