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UFC 154 Undergoes Last-Minute Change, Ring vs. Philippou Pulled From Event

Written by Tom Ngo
November 17th, 2012
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And then there were 12, as in only twelve bouts that will appear in tonight’s “UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit” event. Just hours before the curtain is drawn on Saturday’s show, middleweight Constantinos Philippou announced opponent Nick Ring (Pictured) has been forced to withdraw from their scrap.

“bad news guys! My fight got cancelled… Nick got sick and he can’t fight,” Philippou tweeted. “Needless to say Im disappointed that I wont be fighting tonight. I trained hard and was looking forward to giving everyone a show. Next time”

UFC officials subsequently reported the lightweight affair between Rafael dos Anjos and Mark Bocek would be promoted to the main card in its place. The featherweight fight with Rodrigo Damm and Antonio Carvalho, which was originally slotted to stream on Facebook, now gets bumped to the FX broadcast.

No word from the promotion on what exactly prevented doctors from providing Ring with medical clearance. According to Philippou’s manager, Lex McMahon, the UFC will pay him his show purse.

UFC 154 takes place inside Bell Centre in Montreal.

Here is tonight’s revised agenda:

Preliminary Card:

(Facebook 6:20PM ET/3:20PM PT)

Darren Elkins vs. Steven Siler

Ivan Menjivar vs. Azamat Gashimov

John Maguire vs. Matt Riddle

(FX 8PM ET/5PM PT)

Rodrigo Damm vs. Antonio Carvalho

Sam Stout vs. John Makdessi

Chad Griggs vs. Cyrille Diabate

Patrick Cote vs. Alessio Sakara

Main Card:

(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)

Pablo Garza vs. Mark Hominick

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Mark Bocek

Francis Carmont vs. Tom Lawlor

Martin Kampmann vs. Johny Hendricks

Carlos Condit (UFC interim welterweight champion) vs. Georges St-Pierre (UFC welterweight champion)

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