On Monday afternoon, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced Nick Ring has been forced to withdraw from his August 17 scrap against Uriah Hall (pictured). Hall now faces “The Ultimate Fighter 17” castmate Josh Samman at UFC on “Fox Sports 1: Shogun vs. Sonnen.”
Hall owns just a 7-3 professional résumé, but his vicious highlight reel finishes on TUF had fans believing he could one day make a run at UFC gold. He’ll get the opportunity knot up his UFC record with a win over Samman.
Samman was part of Jon Jones’ TUF squad. He lost to eventual winner Kevin Gastelum in the semifinals of the middleweight tournament. He defeated Kevin Casey at the TUF 17 Finale.
Hall vs. Ring was slated to appear in the night’s main card. As of now, the new matchup will retain that slot in the lineup.
No official word on what caused Ring to pull out.
TD Garden in Boston hosts the festivities.
Here is the show’s revised roster:
(Facebook 4PM ET/1PM PT)
Ramsey Nijem vs. James Vick
Cody Donovan vs. Ovince St. Preux
Cole Miller vs. Manny Gamburyan
(Fox Sports 1 6PM ET/3PM PT)
Diego Brandao vs. Daniel Pineda
Mike Brown vs. Akira Corassani
Conor McGregor vs. Andy Ogle
Michael McDonald vs. Brad Pickett
(Fox Sports 1 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Johnson
Uriah Hall vs. Josh Samman
Matt Brown vs. Thiago Alves
Urijah Faber vs. Yuri Alcantara
Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne
Chael Sonnen vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua