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Rich Franklin Removed From UFC 133 Following Lil’ Nog Withdrawal; Hamill in for Matyushenko

(Awww, looks like Cindy got into momma’s makeup drawer!)

When it comes to finding replacements for UFC 133‘s increasingly cursed lineup, UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has clearly reached the “eff this noise, I’ll be at the bar” stage of the process. The latest update is that Rich Franklin has been removed from the card entirely, after his original opponent Antonio Rogerio Nogueira went down with a shoulder injury this weekend. For the record, King Mo twitter-offered to step up against Ace — a compelling possibility in its own weird way — but the UFC ignored his ass. Anyway, it’s a real shame. All those ice baths for nothing.

As a result, Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama is now the co-main event of “Evans vs. Ortiz II”, and Brian Ebersole vs. Dennis Hallman has been promoted to the main PPV card. (Yeah, you still have to pay for this one. Sorry.)

And damn, we didn’t even tell you: Vladimir Matyushenko pulled out of his prelim fight against Alexander Gustafsson last week due to injury. Stepping in to replace him will be none other than Matt Hamill, who’s coming off his decision loss to Rampage Jackson in May. I know, it’s impossible to keep up with all these lineup changes at this point, which is why we put the current UFC 133 fight card after the jump. Pray that things don’t change much from now until August 6th.

Main Card
Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz (LHW)
Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama (MW)
Dennis Hallman vs. Brian Ebersole (WW)
Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara (MW)
Rory MacDonald vs. Mike Pyle (WW)

Spike TV Prelims
Matt Hamill vs. Alexander Gustafsson (LHW)
Chad Mendes vs. Rani Yahya (FW)

Facebook Prelims
Ivan Menjivar vs. Nick Pace (BW)
Johny Hendricks vs. Mike Pierce (WW)
Mike Brown vs. Nam Phan (FW)
Rafael Natal vs. Costantinos Philippou (MW)

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VANISM- July 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm
This card will bomb like no another imo.

Too much bewlshiz going on with all the change ups and the original card wasnt that great to begin with.
CaptnJonesy- July 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm
Machiavelli if anybody is dick riding, it's you. You're seriously retarded. Vitor is still picking Silva's toe jam out of his nose, he doesn't want any part of Silva. He'll just be a gatekeeper the rest of his career much like you'll be a dumbass the rest of your life. Dumbass.
Machiavelli- July 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm
@Pen15 - Sorry, missed that memo & didn't know he was back. I guess they still need someone to hawk UFC merchandise?

But yeah, although Vitor got knocked out by Anderson Silva, I still think he has a better chance of beating him the next time than Chael. If that makes me retarded, well, I guess that's better than swinging from the Spider's nuts. Good luck with that
Pen Fifteen- July 18, 2011 at 11:44 am
Vitor could beat A. Silva? You're either a total retard, or trying to be humorously sarcastic and failing miserably. Given that you hadn't heard about Brandon Vera's UFC reinstatement following T. Silva's positive drug test, I'm guessing it's the former
danomite- July 18, 2011 at 11:35 am
UFC 133: TBA vs. TBA
danomite- July 18, 2011 at 11:28 am
UFC 133: The One No One Bought
Danxxx- July 18, 2011 at 11:27 am
every ufc card is free on my country on fox sports HD fml man....
Machiavelli- July 18, 2011 at 11:10 am
When did Brandon Vera get back in the UFC?!

I think Vitor has what it takes to be champion (again). He certainly got knocked out by Silva, but I think he'd take it the next time.
Kaibo- July 18, 2011 at 10:47 am
I wish Ebersole was fighting twice. Brown is coming off of two losses and, as much as I love the guy, I don't think I really NEED to see that fight. We will see it on Facebook anyways - the PPV buying audience wants to see cartwheel kicks from a man with an arrow shaved into his chest. I know I do.
Lesnarischamp- July 18, 2011 at 10:31 am
surprised they couldn't find some random plug to fill in against Franklin, he isn't getting any younger.

oh well, we'll still get to see Belfort use Akiyama as a punching bag. And my interest to see how Ortiz will look means I'll be watching regardless.
Redping- July 18, 2011 at 9:50 am
ebersole will do at least 1 cartwheel kick
Get Off Me- July 18, 2011 at 9:00 am
Ebersole/Hallman has FOTN all over it.
This card looks good top to bottom, don't really understand why so many think it's not.
WK- July 18, 2011 at 8:56 am
Maybe we can just kick Ortiz and Evans off the main card for Phan/Brown.
I mean, if Brandon Vera's OK with being on a prelim, Tito and Rashad should have no problems either.
Cheeseburger Eddie- July 18, 2011 at 8:51 am
^agreed, can't believe theyd leave the Phan(fan fave on TUF)vs Brown(frmr champ) off for Ebersole
dutchrutterful- July 18, 2011 at 8:15 am
they should put nam phan v. mike brown on main card then it might make this card alright.
RoyNelsonMuntz- July 18, 2011 at 7:20 am
Amazing that there isn't a single 155 fight on this card, considering the depth of the division.
DangadaDang- July 18, 2011 at 7:19 am
Every time I wanna doubt a card for lack of interesting fights they provide some of the more memorable finishes. Lets hope this one follow suit.
akovergaard- July 18, 2011 at 7:11 am
Well i'm definitely not buying this one :)
Enricho Palazzo- July 18, 2011 at 7:07 am
Screw it, I'm selling my tickets before Vitor pulls out.