The UFC announced today that welterweight Karo Parisyan will be forced to withdraw from tomorrow’s UFC 88 card due to a back injury. With the card scheduled to take place in less than 24 hours, the UFC will not attempt to find a replacement for Parisyan to take on Japanese fighter Yoshiyuki Yoshida. Instead, they opted to scrap the fight and UFC 88 will be left with only nine bouts.
The UFC announced that they will promote the preliminary bout of Korean fighter Dong Hyun Kim and Ultimate Fighter alumn Matt Brown to the televised portion of the Pay-Per-View event.
At Thursday’s press conference, Parisyan gave no indication that he was injured or that he wouldn’t be prepared to fight.
“…everything is going good,” he told MMAWeekly.com. “When you come off of a loss, it’s very hard to get back at your physical state… but I’m doing okay… a lot of anger built up for me from my last fight, so I’m working everything out on Yoshida, man.”
Here is how the official UFC 88 card now plays out:
Jason Lambert vs. Jason MacDonald
Mike Patt vs. Tim Boetsch
Kurt Pellegrino vs. Thiago Tavares
Roan Carneiro vs. Ryo Chonan
Matt Brown vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Martin Kampmann vs. Nate Marquardt
Rousimar Palhares vs. Dan Henderson
Matt Hamill vs. Rich Franklin
Rashad Evans vs. Chuck Liddell