The game of musical chairs continues on the UFC 149 fight card in Calgary this summer. Tickets for UFC 149 have long been sold out, but there is still uncertainty about who 18-odd thousand fans will actually see inside the Octagon come July 21st.
So here is the latest update on the UFC 149 fight card, straight from UFC.com:
UFC 149 and UFC on FOX 4 have swapped stars after another pair of injuries shook up the summer fight scene today.
British middleweight Michael Bisping has been injured and is out of his UFC 149 bout against rising force Tim Boetsch. Stepping in to meet “The Barbarian” will be Hector Lombard, a former Cuban Olympian who rides a 25-fight unbeaten streak into his Octagon debut.
Lombard had been slated to fight Brian Stann in the main event of UFC on FOX 4 in August, but was left opponentless earlier today after Stann was forced to withdraw due to injury. That event got a new headliner in the form of Shogun Rua, who’d been left orphaned on the UFC 149 fight card after planned opponent Thiago Silva was hurt.
Two Thiagos Injured, Off Canada Card updated June 4
Two of the UFC’s top Thiagos have suffered injuries forcing them off the UFC 149 fight card, as Thiago Alves is out of his bout against Siyar Bahadurzada, while Thiago Silva has had to withdraw from his co-main bout against former light heavyweight champion Shogun Rua.
Stepping in to the welterweight bout in Alves’ place is Chris Clements, a striker from London, Ontario, Canada, who won his UFC debut at UFC 145 in April. (more…)