The ghost of training injuries has already begun to haunt the UFC in 2013. This Saturday, January 5, the promotion announced that George Roop suffered an injury and has been dropped from next Saturday’s UFC event in São Paulo. Stepping in as a last-minute replacement against Yuri Marajó is Pedro Nobre.
Pedro recently won the Bitetti Combat flyweight GP and holds a record of 14-1-2. Marajó, who will be making his first appearance as a flyweight, is 28-4.
This is the fourth change to the event. The first one scratched from the card was Tiago Bodão, who was subsequently replaced by Caio Magalhães, who himself was injured and had to pull out. The back-to-back injuries led to the Michael Kuiper being moved to UFC on Fox 6, where he will face off with Buddy Roberts.
Another fighter to see a change of opponent was Edson Barboza, whose initial pairing with Justin Salas was changed, and now he will be squaring off with young Brazilian Lucas Mineiro.
UFC on FX 7 is headlined by Vitor Belfort and Michael Bisping, the co-main event being Daniel Sarafian’s UFC debut against CB Dollaway.
UFC on FX 7
Ibirapuera Gymnasium, São Paulo, Brazil
January 19, 2013
- Vitor Belfort vs Michael Bisping
- Daniel Sarafian vs CB Dollaway
- Gabriel Napão vs Ben Rothwell
- Thiago Tavares vs Khabib Nurmagomedov
- Godofredo Pepey vs Miltinho Vieira
- Ronny Markes vs Andrew Craig
- Diego Nunes vs Nik Lentz
- Edson Barboza vs Lucas Mineiro
- Iuri Marajó vs Pedro Nobre
- Wagner Caldeirão vs Roger Hollett
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