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And Now Michael Bisping Is Injured: UFC 149 Sets Up Lombard vs. Boetsch, UFC on FOX 4 Adds Shogun vs. Vera Headliner

Man, this ain’t even funny anymore. After a brutal two-week period that saw the injury withdrawals of Vitor Belfort, Chad Griggs, Thiago Silva, Jon Fitch, Thiago Alves, and Brian Stann (as well as supporting players like Pablo Garza and Edwin Figueroa), news broke late last night that UFC middleweight star Michael Bisping is out of his meeting with Tim Boetsch at UFC 149 (July 21st, Calgary) due to an undisclosed injury.

Boetsch will remain on the “Aldo vs. Koch” main card against Hector Lombard, who was scheduled to make his Octagon debut at UFC on FOX 4 two weeks later until Brian Stann pulled out with a dinged shoulder. Lombard vs. Boetsch should be a hell of a brawl — unless losing two weeks of preparation throws the former Bellator champ off his game. Who ya got on that one?

With Lombard off of the UFC on FOX 4 lineup, the August 4th event has picked up a brand new main event…

The UFC has confirmed that Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will now headline the card against Brandon Vera. Shogun is coming off his 2011 Fight of the Year against Dan Henderson at UFC 139 last November, while Vera most recently out-pointed Eliot Marshall at UFC 137 in October — his first victory in over two years. Before he was drafted for this card, Vera was originally supposed to face James Te-Huna at UFC on Fuel TV 4 on July 11th.

Does “The Truth” deserve a headlining spot on a major UFC card at this point? Probably not. But as you can see, the UFC is losing warm bodies on a daily basis, and their options are limited. Where’s your God reason and science now, Joe Silva?

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linzhancw- June 9, 2012 at 8:42 am
Ginny Estep- June 8, 2012 at 1:42 am
Lombard vs. Boetsch should be a hell of a brawl — unless losing two weeks of preparation throws the former Bellator champ off his game. Who ya got on that one?
UFCFightBlogger- June 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm
Injuries are ravishing the UFC. But it is to be expected with the amount of fights and cards put on each year. I don't see that going away. MMA is tough, especially with the wrestling, muay thai, jiu jitsu training involved.

Check out what BJ Penn recently said about Rory MacDonald
Bandito- June 7, 2012 at 10:34 am
I'll tell ya exactly what happened... Bisping talked a bunch of shit about a bad-ass Lombard, then when Stann got hurt Bisping shat himself when it dawn on him that they were going to us him as a replacement for Stann. So, Bisping claimed injury due to chronic shatty-drawers to duck outta the fight.

Somebody oughta kick Bisping square in his gash. Freakin Nancy-boy.
Jaycorr- June 7, 2012 at 9:36 am
I agree with Taco, I would love to see Bisping get KTFO by Lombard!
Jaycorr- June 7, 2012 at 9:35 am
Vera headlining???
If it wasn't for a failed piss test he wouldn't even be in the UFC!
Clue-by-Four- June 7, 2012 at 9:20 am
He was diagnosed with a lack of testicles after he finally realized what Boetsch was planning to do to him.
Viva Hate- June 7, 2012 at 8:45 am
He ia faking, 10 hours ago he was on twitter posting photos of an interview and his travels, Lombard calls him out and all of a sudden he has an injury. Must of injured his jaw when it dropped from the twitter call out.
Sloppyspray- June 7, 2012 at 7:02 am
Man, I'm done with this. There's no point in even following any of these cards prior to the weigh ins. You can't get excited about any fight b/c the chance of it getting changed (due to injury) is more likely than not. I might as well just tune in to see when the fights are and not deal with the roller-coaster ride. (I'm not really done, just annoyed. And it's not that I was excited about a Bisping fight, just the straw the broke the camel's back)
Fried Taco- June 7, 2012 at 7:02 am
I'd like to see Lombard vs Bisping. Maybe after Lombard beats Boetsch?