Former Central Valley High School wrestler Mike Tubera traveled to Oroville on July 21 expecting to compete for a title.
Unable to find a replacement opponent on the Warriors Challenge Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight card, officials rescheduled the bout for the vacant 125-pound amateur flyweight championship for Oct. 20.
"I showed up for weigh-ins," said Tubera, who was prepared to put his unbeaten 3-0-1 record on the line. "My opponent decided to back out from what I'm hearing. I was ready. I was pumped. I wanted some action and didn't get it."
Tubera was supposed to challenge Oakdale's Mike Gall for his title on the Art of War (AOW) Tactical Violence card on Aug. 3 at the Chicken Ranch Casino in Jamestown.
Gall dropped out for medical reasons.
"I was hoping to have two titles within the next month," Tubera said. "I'm extremely frustrated. I've been training really hard. It's ridiculous."
Mike will have to delay his jump to the professional ranks because of the recent turn of events.
Tubera will return to the octagon on Aug. 18 when he competes at the Armored Wings Promotions Presents: Mansion Fights IX in North Hollywood.
"I can't take a break now," he said. "I just need to fight. I'll fight anybody as long as they're in my weight class."