Various media outlets are reporting that former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk has been injured during training and will be forced to pull out of his UFC 104 bout against Gleison Tibau. Sherk’s agent Monte Cox confirmed that an injured shoulder will keep him out of training for 4 weeks.
It appears that UFC veteran Josh Neer will be replacing Sherk at UFC 104. Both Neer and Tibau are coming off of losses.
The originally scheduled bout between Sherk and Tibau was slated to appear on the main card, but with the sudden replacement of a former champion, it seems more than likely that an undercard bout will be promoted in its place.
It’ll be interesting to see if the UFC will put the Yushin Okami vs. Chael Sonnen bout on the televised portion of the card. Okami is the #3 ranked middleweight in the world according to 5thRound.com’s MMA Rankings.
Here’s how the updated UFC 104 card looks following Sherk’s injury:
Chase Gormley vs. Stefan Struve
Razak Al-Hassan vs. Kyle Kingsbury
Josh Neer vs. Gleison Tibau
Ryan Bader vs. Eric Schafer
Jorge Rivera vs. Rob Kimmons
Yushin Okami vs. Chael Sonnen
Antoni Hardonk vs. Pat Barry
Anthony Johnson vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
Joe Stevenson vs. Spencer Fisher
Ben Rothwell vs. Cain Velasquez
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Lyoto Machida (UFC Light Heavyweight Champion)