It was just about 24 hrs ago when Glory Watson's opponent for Saturday night's NEF 44: Back in Black event pulled out due to illness. It seemed very unlikely that Matt Peterson and Nick DiSalvo would find a late notice replacement to compete against Watson in a very thin women's division here in the northeast, but they've been able to pull it off. Although the bout won't be a MMA bout, Glory Watson will now be taking on Contender Series alum and Massachusetts native, Hilarie Rose, in a professional kickboxing bout.
We'd love to see this fight as a MMA contest, but I have a feeling that with Watson coming off a loss in her professional MMA debut in Florida a few months ago, that she wasn't willing to risk starting her career 0-2, as Rose is a high-level competitor that is a much bigger step up in competition than Bryggman, who she was initially scheduled to fight.
Kudos to Rose for stepping up on 5 days notice, as well as NEF for finding a worthy opponent for one of the promotion's biggest stars.