Is it odd that Paulo Filho seems like one of the more normal aspects of this picture?
Just over a month out from the UFC’s Wisconsin debut, Stephan Bonnar has announced that he is no longer able to compete at UFC on Versus 5 in Milwaukee. Originally scheduled to face off against Karlos Vemola, Bonnar has suffered a torn MCL while training. According to MMAFighting.com:
Saturday, Bonnar told MMA Fighting the injury is a Grade II tear of his medial collateral ligament, or MCL. Bonnar said the injury will not require surgery, but will have him in a brace for six weeks. He said the injury is similar to ones that recently sidelined Rashad Evans and Kenny Florian.
Replacing Stephan Bonnar will be current Shooto Brazil light heavyweight champion Ronny Marki Sales da Silva, better known as Ronny Markes. The 11-1 Nova Uniao prospect is riding a four fight win streak, most recently defeating the famously level headed Paulo Filho by unanimous decision on April 29th. Aside from that fight, the last time Ronny Markes went the distance was in his third professional fight.
The timing is unfortunate for Stephan Bonnar. After dropping three straight to Jon Jones, Mark Coleman and Krzysztof Soszynski, Bonnar rebounded with a pair of victories against K-Sos and Igor Pokrajac. The injury dampens the momentum that Bonnar has been building, but at least Bonnar now has the time to worry about some other things he’s been dealing with.