The injury bug strikes again! With just nine days remaining until the curtain is drawn on the Octagon’s final FOX show of 2012, UFC president Dana White announced Lavar Johnson (Pictured) will be forced to exit stage left with a pulled groin.
Johnson was slated to battle Brendan Schaub in a preliminary bout, which was slotted to headline the FX broadcast. No word on what the promotion plans to do with “The Hybrid.”
After rattling off four straight wins, Schaub has dropped his last two scraps in devastating KO fashion. The 29-year-old has been itching to right the ship and secure his job with the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion.
“Frustrated would be an understatement..back to the gym,” Schaub tweeted after hearing the disappointing news.
Key Arena in Seattle, Washington hosts the festivities.
FOX broadcasts the main card live beginning at 8PM ET/5PM PT.
Here is the show’s revised roster:
(Facebook 3:30PM ET/12:30PM PT)
Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo
Scott Jorgensen vs. John Albert
Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez
(FX 5PM ET/2PM PT)
Brendan Schaub vs. TBD
Jeremy Stephens vs. Yves Edwards
Joe Proctor vs. Ramsey Nijem
Dennis Siver vs. Nam Phan
Raphael Assuncao vs. Mike Easton
Michael Chiesa vs. Marcus LeVesseur
(FOX 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick
BJ Penn vs. Rory MacDonald
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Nate Diaz vs. Benson Henderson (UFC lightweight champion)