Yamma Headliner Pat Smith Arrested
Don Frye (19-6-1), a headliner for the April 11 debut YAMMA Pit Fighting show, has pulled out of his main-event bout with Oleg Taktarov (15-5-2) and has been replaced by former UFC fighter Patrick Smith (14-13), the organization announced late last week.
However, just hours after the announcement, KXII TV 12 in Sherman, Texas, reported that Smith had been arrested after a high-speed police chase. Smith was clocked at speeds of up 130 mph while fleeing on his sports motorcyle, police said. He's been charged with felony attempting to elude, possession of a prescription drug without a valid prescription, and reckless driving.
The Smith-Oleg fight is currently slated to headline YAMMA's pay-per-view event, which takes place at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J.
Frye had to pull out of the event due to a shoulder injury. MMAjunkie first learned of the injury earlier this month, but Frye said he would try to fight through the pain. Unfortunately, he was eventually forced to undergo surgery to repair the shoulder.
Frye will attend the event and provide commentary during the broadcast. Officials expect him to return to the organization.
"We look forward to Don competing in YAMMA Pit Fighting in the future," said Bob Meyrowitz of Rope Partners, the event's promotional company,
In addition to the possible Smith vs. Oleg headline bout, the event features a "Masters Superfight" between Eric "Butterbean" Esch (10-5-1) and Gary "Big Daddy" Goodridge (23-15-1), as well as an eight-man heavyweight tournament featuring fighters such as Travis Wiuff, Sherman Pendergarst and Kevin Jordan.
Smith, who competed in the first two UFC events, has competed professionally in kickboxing and MMA for more than two decades. He last competed at an October 2007 Oklahoma KO show and posted a second-round TKO victory. The 43-year-old has won five of his past six fights.
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