Welterweight Luke Cummo has been forced to pull out of a planned Dec. 10 bout vs. Steve Bruno during UFC Fight Night 16: “UFC Fights for the Troops” in Fayetteville, North Carolina due to injury.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com learned of the development from a source close to one of the fighters last night. The source went on to add that Cummo’s spot on the show will be filled by Johnny Rees.
Rees, 10-1, made his UFC debut during UFC Fight Night 14 this past July, losing to fellow newcomer Nate Loughran due to a first round submission following a guillotine choke.
Bruno, 11-4, trains out of American Top Team in Florida and is coming off a loss in his UFC debut at UFC 87. Facing Chris Wilson, Bruno lost a unanimous decision.
In addition to fighting for the UFC, Bruno has also competed in the IFL and in South Korea’s SpiritMC, where he knocked out Jae Suk Lim at SpiritMC 11 in April of 2007.
UFN 16 will be a three-hour telecast on SpikeTV and is expected to be headlined by matches featuring Mike Swick vs. Jonathan Goulet, Brian Stann vs. Steve Cantwell, and Frankie Edgar vs. Matt Wiman.