Popular British welterweight Paul Taylor has been forced to turn down an opportunity to compete at UFC 97 on April 18 in Montreal.
The news was first reported by the website for the U.K. MMA magazine Fighters Only.
Taylor suffered a rib injury during his war with Chris Lytle at UFC 89 back in October of last year. Doctors originally said the injury was a cracked or broken rib. Initially expected to only miss 12 weeks, the injury has taken longer to heal. Now expected to be sidelined through July, Taylor was not able to accept an invitation to compete in Montreal.
Taylor has become a strong local draw for the UFC on cards held in his native U.K. and the Wolfslair Academy product has gone on to win three “Fight of the Night” bonuses in his five fights for the organization.