The UFC’s upcoming Fourth of July Weekend event got a mild makeover this week when the company announced a scheduled fight between on-the-cusp contenders Evan Dunham and George Sotiropoulos had been scrapped due to an injury Dunham sustained while training for the bout.
While the actual affliction was left unspecified the UFC did mention a replacement for the 29-year old had already been found. According to an official statement from Dana White, Brazilian grappler Rafael dos Anjos will step in on July 2 for the sidelined Dunham and in the process return to the ring for the first time since suffering a broken jaw against Clay Guida last August.
Dos Anjos holds an overall record of 14-5 with the ground at the core of his strategy given the seven submissions and six decisions he’s compiled in his career. Prior to the Guida loss he had won three consecutive fights including an Armbar of Terry Etim at UFC 112.
UFC 132 is set for the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will feature bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz defending his title against rival 135er Urijah Faber, the only man to have ever beaten him. Other bouts on the card include Jason “Mayhem” Miller mixing it up with Aaron Simpson and a much-anticipated brawl between Wanderlei Silva and Chris Leben.
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