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More Injuries Strike UFC 118 Lineup; ‘Godzilla’ Returns

(Sakara and Etim, the latest victims of the UFC’s brand-new curse.)

After losing Phil Baroni and Jorge Rivera due to injuries, UFC 118 (August 28, Boston) is inching towards "cursed" status with another pair of late withdrawals that have completely re-arranged the Spike TV prelim broadcast. First off, Alessio Sakara has been forced out of his fight against Gerald Harris due to a knee injury. Harris, who was originally a replacement for Rivera, will now face the returning Joe Vedepo, who has won four straight fights by stoppage outside of the UFC since being released in April 2009. Unfortunately, the fight is no longer slated for the Spike broadcast, meaning that Harris will need another dramatic stoppage to get some TV time. At this point, it hasn’t been confirmed which fight will move up to the prelim broadcast in its place.

The injury fairy also paid a visit to Terry Etim, who bows out of his UFC 118 fight against Joe Lauzon due to a broken rib. Lauzon will instead meet — get this — Gabe "Godzilla" Ruediger, the TUF 5 contestant who became a national punchline due to his love of colonics and ice cream cake, and was eventually dismissed from the show for not making weight. More recently, Ruediger has built up a six-fight win streak competing in California, picked up the Tachi Palace Fights lightweight title, and has helped turn Paris Hilton into a killing machine.

We’ll let you know as soon as UFC 118′s lineup is finalized.

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No Leftovers- August 6, 2010 at 10:44 am
Not being a troll here or anything, but I actually think Gabe is going to win that fight. @Merlin
Who cares that he is lying? Wasn't that a painfully obvious conclusion to come to?
the glza- August 6, 2010 at 9:55 am
awesome --

LOVE joe lauzon
HATE ruediger

gonna be nice to see joe rip that dork's arm off.
Merlin- August 6, 2010 at 9:37 am
Chael Sonnen is a fucking liar!
How dare he deny ever talking to Larry Pepe about Lance Armstrong giving himself cancer, everyone knows that was him, fucking politicians deny deny deny.
Just look at his face during his most recent Interview with Ariel Helwani when he's asked about those comments ... if that isn't the face of someone trying their best to look calm while wondering what's going to happen when the shit hits the fan I don't know what is.
And for that I hope he gets bludgeoned to death by the Spider.

FightZen- August 6, 2010 at 9:36 am
Paris Vs Cyborg! Make it Happen!
BrutusBox- August 6, 2010 at 9:23 am
my prediction? gabe gets carried out of the cage on his trainers' shoulders.
"Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!"
El Famous Burrito- August 6, 2010 at 7:55 am
@Seoul Brother

Viva Hate- August 6, 2010 at 7:55 am
Gabe Ruediger training Paris Hilton is comical and it must be comforting for Grey Maynard to know there is another fighter out there with herpes. Her blend of STDs is so potent is jumps.
Seoul Brother- August 6, 2010 at 7:50 am
@El Famous Burrito: Well, I guess by that logic, after Gabe throws his back out in a 3-Way with Kirstie Alley & Kobayashi Takeru at the Olive Garden, Joe Lauzon will have to fight Steve-O.
El Famous Burrito- August 6, 2010 at 7:38 am
Like my Granddaddy always said:

When life gives you lemons....find a guy who likes to stick tubes up his ass and put him on TV.
Almost North- August 6, 2010 at 7:38 am
Sakara is the big loss for the fans in this one, whenever he fights someone gets KTFO.