Goran Reljic will have to withdraw from his middleweight match-up against Thales Leites at UFC 90 in Rosemont, Chicago. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist recently injured his back during a training session and will not have enough time to recover and prepare for the October 25th bout.
“Reljic will not be able to fight on Oct. 25 at UFC 90,” his manager, Zoran Saric, told MMAWeekly.com. “A back problem will force him out of a scheduled bout with Thales Leites.”
Although the back injury is significant enough to force him to pull out of the bout against Leites, it is nothing that a little rest and rehab won’t cure. According to Saric, “He will be out two to four months, nothing severe.”
Reljic holds a perfect 8-0 record, with five of his wins coming via submission. He defeated Wilson Gouveia in his UFC debut at UFC 84 back in May.
Leites is a solid up and comer in the 185-pound division, as he holds a 13-1 record (4-1 in UFC). His last Octagaon appearance was a controversial win over Nate Marquardt at UFC 85. He squeaked out a split decision after Marquardt, on two separate occasions, was deducted a point for an illegal blow. After review, only one of the deductions warranted a deduction.
There is no word of who will be replacing Reljic at UFC 90.