Some of the Jiu-Jitsu representatives with bouts scheduled in the UFC will now have to wait, at least for a little while.
Misfortune struck Alan Belcher, who had to pull out of the fight and leave Demian Maia opponent-less. The matchup had been set for UFC Fight Night 22 on September 15. Belcher was in Brazil to brush up on his ground game with trainers Helio Soneca and Daniel Moraes, however, he noticed a problem with his vision that caused him to rush back to the United States, where he was diagnosed with having a detached retina, and Demian Maia was left without an opponent.
Things weren’t so bad for Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares, who will only have to wait a little while longer to see action. The bout with Nate Marquardt originally set for August 28 at UFC 118 will now be postponed to substitute the Demian vs Belcher match as the main event at UFN 22.