The injury bug strikes again! UFC president Dana White announced at the UFC 108 post-fight press conference that former heavyweight interim champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will be forced out of his UFC 108 bout against Cain Velasquez due to a severe staph infection.
“[Nogueira] got staph infection, bad, to the point now it’s in his bloodstream, and he’s probably going to have to be hospitalized and intravenously given the antibiotics,” a disappointed White said.
UFC 108, which had been titled “Nogueira vs. Velasquez,” will be jumping off inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on January 2nd.
Coincidentally, it was the second heavyweight hit that the card has taken after champ Brock Lesnar was once again forced to pull out of his bout against Shane Carwin due to an undisclosed illness. It was originally believed that Lesnar was simply suffering from mononucleosis and would be ready for the New Year’s appointment, however White stated that it was something much worse.
Although injuries continue to ransack his fight cards, White professes that he will keep plugging away and host another monster “end of the year” extravaganza, something that the organization has done for the last few years.
“It’s crazy,” White said of the UFC’s ever-growing IR list. “In nine years of being in this business, we haven’t had this many injuries in one (full) year … This is my business; this is what we do. My job is to put on fights, and we’ll get some fights for January 2nd.”
White stated that he wasn’t sure if Velasquez would remain on the card or not, however the brash Prez did state that Carwin would not be a potential opponent as he was currently rehabbing from a grade 2 MCL strain in his knee.
Here are the fighters rumored to be participating in the night’s show:
Jake Ellenberger vs. Mike Pyle
Cole Miller vs. Dan Lauzon
Joe Lauzon vs. Sam Stout
Rafaello Oliveira vs. Sean Sherk
Mark Munoz vs. Ryan Jensen
Martin Kampmann vs. Rory Markham
Tyson Griffin vs. Jim Miller
Carlos Condit vs. Paul Daley
Junior Dos Santos vs. Gabe Gonzaga
Thiago Silva vs. Rashad Evans