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UFC star Benjamin Sosoli – nicknamed ‘Combat Wombat – to have contract torn up before making debut after bar brawl fight

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A PROMISING UFC fighter has had his dreams of stardom dashed after he fractured both jaws of a troublemaker in a Melbourne bar.

Benjamin Sosoli, who fights under the name Combat Wombat, was working as an RSA officer at the Toorkat night spot when the incident occured.

Benjamin Sosoli’s UFC dream is hanging in the balance after he was involved in a bar fight

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Benjamin Sosoli’s UFC dream is hanging in the balance after he was involved in a bar fightCredit: UFC
The star, nicknamed Combat Warrior and pictured fighting Juan Francisco Espino Diepa, pleaded guilty to one count of causing reckless injury

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The star, nicknamed Combat Warrior and pictured fighting Juan Francisco Espino Diepa, pleaded guilty to one count of causing reckless injuryCredit: Getty

The 30-year-old has pleaded guilty to one count of causing reckless injury after he assisted security guards around 2:20am on September 8, 2019. 

The County Court of Victoria heard today that the patron was refused entry but jumped the rope and slipped past security twice.

He was thrown out each time before Sosoli walked him backwards and threw him to the ground around the corner, punching him in the process, said prosecutor Jordan O’Toole.

The fighter’s lawyer, Zarah Garde-Wilson, told the court the intoxicated patron had threatened to stab security guards several times and Sosoli did not know whether he had a weapon.

He also hit Sosoli in the arm and face, cutting his lip, while being walked backwards prior to Sosoli hitting him.

Mr O’Toole claimed the punch fractured the victim’s jawbone on both sides of his face, as well as fracturing three teeth and left him only able to eat pureed food for six weeks following surgery.

His injuries were described as “severe” by a doctor who added there was a “risk that the bone fractures will not heal”.

The victim’s “mouth began to swell dramatically from both sides of his face” as he took an Uber home and bled as shock set in, Mr O’Toole said.

Just weeks before the incident Sosoli had signed a contract with Ultimate Fighting Championship.

He shot to prominence with a pro record of 7-2 and starred in the reality TV show ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters’.

But UFC president Dana White will have to rip up that deal if he is jailed, Ms Garde-Wilson claimed.

She said: “(He was) trying to get into the UFC for many, many years.

“This conviction and the penalty related to this will likely end his career.

“He’s considered a very caring, humble, and generous being – quite a contrast to the majority of fighters.

“There’s usually a sense of bravado – this man is not of that nature, he is extremely respectful of his opponents.”

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Ms Garde-Wilson also said Sosoli, who has five kids, was a “devoted father” and told the court he opened his “home and heart” to a close friend who was put into a coma due to a fighting injury.

But Judge Gavan Meredith said he was “highly trained and highly skilled” and “would have been well aware of the potential consequences of such a punch”.

The judge is now considering Sosoli’s sentence.

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Luton vs Man Utd: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and teams for Carabao Cup clash TONIGHT

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MANCHESTER UNITED are looking to bounce back from Premier League defeat by Crystal Palace as head to Luton in the Carabao Cup.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were rumbled by the Eagles at Old Trafford in their first game of the new season and will look to respond immediately.

Solskjaer will be looking for a response after a sluggish weekend showing

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Solskjaer will be looking for a response after a sluggish weekend showing

But their opponents are not the ideal customers with Nathan Jones’ side off to a flying start with four wins from four in all competitions.

What time does Luton vs Man Utd kick off?

  • Luton host Man United on Tuesday, September 22.
  • The match kicks off at 8.15pm.
  • It will be played at Kenilworth Road.

What TV channel is Luton vs Man Utd on and can I live stream it?

  • Luton vs Man Utd is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.
  • Coverage on both channels commences around 8pm, following the conclusion of Leyton Orient vs Tottenham.
  • To stream the game live, head to your Sky Go account.
  • Non-Sky Sports subscribers can still watch all the action with a Now TV Day Pass.

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Luton still have a handful of players out through injury, including Dan Potts, Brendan Galloway and Eunan O’Kane but will be hopeful Tom Lockyer will return from cramp.

Look out too for Ryan Tunnicliffe making a start against his former side.

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As for Manchester United, we can expect changes and the possible returns from injury of Nemanja Matic and Sergio Romero.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka may be fit enough to start after spending Saturday on the bench and Donny van de Beek may get his first start.

Latest odds

Luton 10/1

Draw 17/4

Man United 2/7

*Latest odds from Ladbrokes correct as of Monday, September 21

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Man Utd transfer move for Alexander Sorloth comes to nothing as Crystal Palace star joins RB Leipzig on permanent deal

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MANCHESTER UNITED’S shock move for Crystal Palace flop Alexander Sorloth came to nothing as the striker signed for RB Leipzig.

The Norwegian struggled in a disastrous 12-month spell at Selhurst Park, failing to net a league goal in 16 appearances, before being sent out on loan.

Alexander Sorloth has joined RB Leipzig despite reported interest from Manchester United and Tottenaham

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Alexander Sorloth has joined RB Leipzig despite reported interest from Manchester United and TottenahamCredit: Getty Images – Getty

He has performed well elsewhere, freely scoring for Danish side Midtjylland before his move to Palace as well as Trabzonspor.

His loan spell in Turkey last season, which came after a season-long loan in Belgium with Gent, earned Sorloth, 24, rave reviews.

An impressive 33 goals in 49 outings helped Trabzon to second in the Super Lig table and a big move has been predicted for the forward.



According to Turkish outlet Asist Analiz, United and Tottenham were hoping to fight over his services.

Trabzonspor manager Eddie Newton told SunSport in August: “If someone wants to purchase him at an agreed price then I think it would be foolhardy for the club to turn it down.”

However, Sorloth has put pen to paper on a deal at RB Leipzig – despite fears his cancelled medical would scupper the move.

Palace said: “Everyone at Crystal Palace FC wishes Alexander the very best for his career.”

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Leipzig were reportedly ready to pay more than £21million to sign the player, who was only halfway through his Trabzonspor loan deal.

Spurs fans in particular have been desperate for the club to sign some back-up for Harry Kane.

Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen both struggled to score goals while waiting in reserve for the England forward, leaving Irish teenager Troy Parrott as Jose Mourinho’s only natural striker aside from Kane.

Whether the Tottenham boss utilises new loan signing Gareth Bale on the wings or through the middle remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, Manchester United have Odion Ighalo as an alternative to Anthony Martial up top.

Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood are both capable of moving centrally but the Red Devils may prefer a new addition given their struggles in signing Jadon Sancho.

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Ivan Rakitic admits he was never ‘close’ with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez as he opens up on six-year spell at Barcelona

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IVAN RAKITIC has revealed that he was never that close with Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez during his time at the Nou Camp.

Despite the trio’s success domestically and in Europe, he admitted their relationship was based around respect rather than friendship.

Rakitic has left Barcelona to join Sevilla

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Rakitic has left Barcelona to join SevillaCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Speaking on their bond he said: “My relationship with them was never one of close friends. I believe that’s hard in a group of 23 or 24 players.

“My closest friends were Andres Iniesta, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Junior Firpo last season”

But he also made it clear the respect and admiration he had for the both of them and what they achieved together, amid rumours that he never got on with them.

He added: “I respect them both. They were my team-mates for six years and are very important players. I’ve always got on incredibly well and have the utmost respect for them.

“I’m very thankful for how they’ve treated me over the years.”

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Along with Messi and Suarez, he won four La liga titles and one Champions League from 2014-2020.

But after being humilaited by Bayern Munich in Europe last season, Rakitic was one of the first high-profile casualties to get the axe under new manager Ronald Koeman.

Throughout Rakitic’s time with Barcelona, he played in 310 games and scored 35 goals, along with 42 assists. 

He has since moved to Sevilla, after accepting a massive pay-cut to leave Barcelona.

Rakitic, 32, will now focus on his career at Sevilla, after announcing his retirement from international football.

Speaking on his retirement he said: “Saying goodbye to the national team is the most difficult decision of my career, but I felt that it was the moment when I had to break through and make that decision.”

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