Shallcross has opponent bail out at last minute

Scheduled opponent, Ivan Delvalle, bowed out of fight due to injured leg

Rory Shallcross, a local MMA fighter, scene here preparing for a live televised fight in Tampa. The fight was cancelled due to Shallcross's scheduled opponent, Ivan Delvalle, bowed out of the fight due to an injured leg.

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Published: Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 7:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 7:06 p.m.

Gainesville-based mixed martial artist Rory Shallcross was ready to make his debut on Thursday night in Bellator, the world's second-largest MMA company, but then he was victimized by something beyond his control.

After arriving at fighter meetings on Wednesday morning showing, according to Shallcross, “no signs that anything was wrong,” opponent Ivan Delvalle informed the promotion at 5 p.m. weigh-ins that his leg was injured and it wouldn't be in his best interest to fight.

Shallcross said Delvalle then left the room and wasn't seen again.

So, the 170-pound bout was called off, leaving Shallcross both disappointed and angry.

“That was the first time since birth a tear came out of my eye,” said Shallcross, who did receive his show purse and stayed to watch Bellator 94 in the USF Sun Dome with friends and family who made the trip. “I cut a lot of weight, took three days off of work and prepared huge.

“It was a big letdown, but let me say this: if the situation was reversed, there is no way I ever would have pulled out. No way. You just don't do that. You go out there and fight.

“That's what real fighters do.”

Shallcross said Bellator assured him he would have a spot on the next card the company brings to Florida. A date for that has yet to be determined.

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