Erick Silva Injured, Strikeforce’s Tyron Woodley Fights Jay Hieron at UFC 156

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Erick Silva at UFC Rio 3 (Photo courtesy of UFC/Zuffa via Getty Images)

Erick Silva has sustained an injury, forcing him out of his UFC 156 fight with Jay Heiron. Strikeforce’s Tyron Woodley will make his official move to the UFC and fight Hieron in Silva’s place.

Silva spent two weeks suffering from arm pain and a boil on his left leg, which through training became infected.

“I tried my best not to exit the card. I trained injured, tried to recover, but my elbow still bothers me,” Silva posted in Portuguese on his Twitter account. “I took antibiotics and my immune system dropped. I feel pain in my elbow, but the infection in my leg is a lot better. It’s less swollen and I’m still taking medication. I’ll continue my training and soon I’ll be stronger than ever. ”

UFC 156 takes place in Las Vegas on Feb. 2 at the Mandalay Bay.

UFC 156
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • José Aldo vs Frankie Edgar
  • Alistair Overeem vs Antônio Pezão
  • Rashad Evans vs Rogério Minotouro
  • Demian Maia vs Jon Fitch
  • Joseph Benavidez vs Ian McCall
  • Tyron Wooldey vs Jay Hieron
  • Gleison Tibau vs Evan Dunham

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