Well, it’s looking like UFC 142 may give a few of Zuffa’s most injury-plagued cards a run for their money.
According to various reports, the current body count stands at four as as many fighters have pulled out of the event for various reasons.
As a result the UFC is now scrambling to find replacements for Paulo Thiago (injury), Rob Broughton (injury), Siyar Bahadurzada (injury) and Stanislav Nedkov (visa issue) to face their respective former opponents Mike Pyle, Edinaldo Oliveira, Erick Silva and Fabio Maldonado.
Tatame first reported the news today of Thiago’s elbow injury, while the UFC tweeted that Broughton, Nedkov and and Bahadurzada were all off the card due to unnamed afflictions. Conflicting reports have since surfaced stating that Nedkov had issues securing a work visa for the January 14 show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
If replacements can’t be found, one or maybe two of the bouts in question could be salvaged, but with six scratches, the card would take the final slot in the five most cursed cards in UFC history.
Check out the top four after the jump.
UFC 108 scratches (11): Anderson Silva (injury), Brock Lesnar (diverticulitis), Shane Carwin (knee surgery), Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (staph infection), Gabriel Gonzaga (injury), Carlos Condit (injury), Tyson Griffin (injury), Sean Sherk (injury), Rory Markham (injury), Steve Cantwell (injury) and Vladimir Matyushenko (healthy scratch).
UFC 133 scratches (10): Jon Jones (injury), Phil Davis (injury), Michael McDonald (healthy scratch), Nick Pace (injury), Jose Aldo (injury), Riki Fukuda (injury), Vladimir Matyushenko (injury), Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (injury), Rich Franklin (healthy scratch) and Alessio Sakara (injury).
UFC 85 scratches (9): Mauricio Rua (injury), Chuck Liddell (injury), James Irvin (injury), Rashad Evans (healthy scratch), Jonathan Goulet (lack of training time), Paul Kelly (injury), Chris Leben (lack of training time due to jail), Ryo Chonan (injury) and Neil Wain (injury).
UFC 98 scratches (7): Frank Mir (injury), Quinton Jackson (injury), Josh Koscheck (injury), Chris Wilson (lack of medicals), James Irvin (injury), Yushin Okami (injury) and Houston Alexander (injury).
UFC on Versus 3 scratches (7): Mark Scanlon (injury), Matt Riddle (injury), Maiquel Falcao (injury), Rafael Natal (injury), Alexandre Ferreira (death in family and lack of training partners), Francisco Rivera (injury) and Cub Swanson (injury).
*UPDATE* MMAWeekly is reporting that Gabriel Gonzaga has re-signed with the UFC and will be stepping in for Broughton against Oliveira.