Injury stricken UFC 133 set for more changes

Bad luck strikes UFC 133

7/28/11 in MMA   |   JamesSmith23   |   1413 respect

The journey of UFC 133 started off on the wrong foot. To make matters worse, it seems to be going up a blind alley now. Since its birth, the event has been showing signs of cursedness and due to continuous setbacks some fans are expecting the event to go down like a lead balloon.

Several light heavyweights have been forced to step back from the Octagon in Philadelphia because of injuries. Bad news continued to flow with the start of a new week as middleweight Jorge Rivera stated in a press release that his challenger, Alessio Sakara will not be able to face him in the featured event of the occasion, ‘The MMA Hour’.

Rivera informed in his Monday press release that Sakara had suffered a torn ACL. He further stated that his competitor will be unable to make a recovery before the showdown on 6th of August. For those who are sensing a déjà vu here let me clarify the situation by saying that this is the 3rd time the fight between Rivera and Sakara has been postponed because of injuries.

Sources have revealed that the event will not be abandoned, instead a hunt for Sakara’s replacement has been organized. Rumors have it Costantinos Phillippou might step in the Octagon against Rivera as a last-minute replacement.

For that to happen Phillippou will have to be promoted from the preliminary bouts where he is encountering Rafael Natal. Nevertheless, at this point all this is mere speculation.

Sources have also confirmed that even though The MMA Hour has come to hell and high water and the event will be less notorious without Sakara, the contest will continue with Rivera and another fighter. Insiders have also confirmed the occasion will remain as the pay-per-view portion of the revelry.

Phil Davis created a lot of hype in the event and was in contention with Rashad Evans for fame and glory of the event, but the undefeated 205-pound fighter had to back out after a knee injury. Soon after the Davis saga dimmed in media, the injury of light heavyweight Vladimir Matyushenko was slated as the new headline.

With fighters falling like flies, UFC 133 could actually turn into a cock and bull story. On the other hand the reaper continues to cause more havoc as Antonio Rogerio Nogueira got injured with just 3 weeks left in the contest. Due to his injury Rich Franklin was also forced out of action.

Now that the events creeps closer by the breath fans, fighters and organizers are hoping the event at The Wells Fargo Center, Pennsylvania rolls without further obstacles.

The following is the card’s roster as it stands now:

Preliminary Bouts:

Facebook 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT

Rafael Natal vs. Costantinos Phillippou

Mike Brown vs. Nam Phan

Mike Pierce vs. Johny Hendricks

Nick Pace vs. Ivan Menjivar

Spike TV 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

Rani Yahya vs. Chad Mendes

Alexander Gustafsson vs. Matt Hamill

Main Bouts:

Pay-Per-View 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

Jorge Rivera vs. TBD

Mike Pyle vs. Rory MacDonald

Brian Ebersole vs. Dennis Hallman

Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz

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7/28/11   |   HULL_17   |   2495 respect

i only know 4 people on the list. =S

7/28/11   |   Jess   |   34886 respect

 When I saw the original fight card for this event, I was so excited - it looked like one of the better ones they've had recently. Bummer it's going to change so much.

7/28/11   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

 A restaurant in town features the Live event in their sports bar.  The sign used to always have the main event listed.  Lately, all the put is the date, the event and "Card to be announced"

7/28/11   |   KurtKingsley   |   1858 respect

no one knows the ropes for this one

7/28/11   |   Dream_Machine   |   13301 respect

I Was Wondering Where All My Bets Went.