According to UFC president Dana White, a shoulder injury has forced Antonio Rogerio Nogueira out of his “UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz” showdown with Rich Franklin. The light heavyweights were slated to co-headline the August 6th pay-per-view broadcast.
Although we’re exactly 21 days away from showtime, White claimed they are currently scouring the globe for a suitable replacement.
Guilherme Cruz of TATAME.com was the first to break the news Saturday night. He also tweeted that Fabio Maldonado declined to face the former middleweight champion due to short notice.
Speaking of 11th hour injuries, the news comes just days after the organization was desperately searching for a 205-pound replacement to headline the show opposite Rashad Evans. Phil Davis was forced to withdraw from the featured contest on Monday with a knee injury.
Former champion Tito Ortiz ultimately volunteered to serve as a last-minute substitute to face “Suga.”
A middleweight shootout between veterans Vitor Belfort and Yoshihiro Akiyama is currently listed as the night’s third-to-last fight.
UFC 133 takes place inside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Here is the card’s revised roster:
Rafael Natal vs. Costantinos Phillippou
Mike Brown vs. Nam Phan
Mike Pierce vs. Johny Hendricks
Nick Pace vs. Ivan Menjivar
Brian Ebersole vs. Dennis Hallman
(Spike TV 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Rani Yahya vs. Chad Mendes
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Matt Hamill
(Pay-Per-View 9PM ET/6PM PT)
Rich Franklin vs. TBD
Mike Pyle vs. Rory MacDonald
Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara
Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz