The Injury Bug strikes again. On Monday afternoon, UFC president Dana White announced Diego Sanchez (Pictured) has broken his hand and will be forced to withdraw from his UFC 135 contest against Matt Hughes.
According to White, they are currently scouring the globe for a suitable last-minute replacement to stand opposite the former welterweight champion in the September 24th event.
The 170-pound affair was scheduled to co-headline the show.
Hughes owns an extensive 45-8 resume, with 35 of his victories coming via finish. The 37-year-old was quickly put down by BJ Penn at UFC 123 this past November.
Former top contenders Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck remain dateless. #JustSayin
“UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage” takes place inside the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. A light heavyweight title tilt between champ Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will headline the pay-per-view broadcast.
Here is the card’s revised roster:
Eddie Yagin vs. Junior Assuncao
Cole Escovedo vs. Takeya Mizugaki
James Te Huna vs. Ricardo Romero
(Spike TV 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Nick Ring vs. Tim Boetsch
Tony Ferguson vs. Aaron Riley
(Pay-Per-View 9PM ET/6PM PT)
Matt Hughes vs. TBD
Ben Rothwell vs. Mark Hunt
Nate Diaz vs. Takanori Gomi
Travis Browne vs. Rob Broughton
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Jon Jones (UFC Light Heavyweight Champion)