It seems the only MMA news to hit the Internet the past several days has involved injuries – outside of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson signing with Bellator and TNA Wrestling, of course. On Tuesday, it was reported Tarec Saffiedine is the latest to succumb to injury.
The former Strikeforce star will have to pull out of his UFC on FOX 8 shootout with Robbie Lawler (pictured) with an undisclosed injury. “Ruthless” will now fight Siyar Bahadurzada on July 27.
Lawler made a triumphant return to the Octagon by posting a vicious TKO victory over Josh Koscheck in February at UFC 157. The veteran has won two of his past three scraps.
After starting his big league career in spectacular fashion by knocking out Paulo Thiago, Bahadurzada proceeded to drop a unanimous decision to Dong Hyun Kim in March.
Lawler and Saffiedine were slated to meet in the night’s main card. It is believed the new matchup will maintain that spot in the lineup.
KeyArena in Seattle, Washington hosts the festivities.
Here is the show’s updated agenda:
Aaron Riley vs Justin Salas
John Albert vs. Yaotzin Meza
Ed Herman vs. Trevor Smith
Germaine de Randamie vs. Julie Kedzie
Matt Mitrione vs. Brendan Schaub
Aaron Riley vs. Justin Salas
Yves Edwards vs. Spencer Fisher
Melvin Guillard vs. Mac Danzig
Danny Castillo vs. Bobby Green
Michael Chiesa vs. Jorge Masvidal
(FOX 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Robbie Lawler
Jessica Andrade vs. Liz Carmouche
Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonald
John Moraga vs. Demetrious Johnson (UFC flyweight champion )