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UPDATE: Mac Danzig out of next month’s anticipated clash with Donald Cerrone

The preliminary portion of UFC 131 took a significant hit today, as it appears Ultimate Fighter Season 6 winner Mac Danzig has been forced to withdraw from his match-up with WEC stand-out Donald Cerrone due to a torn muscle and will be sidelined for at least the immediate future if not slightly longer. Their bout was one of the card’s most potential-laden pairings, as both men are not only polished competitors possessing entertaining in-ring approaches but had a budding rivalry due to a variety of comments exchanged through the media.

News of the cancellation was first reported by MMAWeekly where specifics were scarce in terms of the exact nature of Danzig’s injury or expected recovery time.

The 20-8-1 Danzig’s current condition means he will have been out of action for more than six months whenever he returns to the Octagon. He was last seen knocking out Joe Stevenson at UFC 124 a little less than two minutes into their bout, the fifth strike-based stoppage of the 31-year old’s career.

UPDATE: Stepping in for the injured Danzig will be Vagner Rocha, a 6-1 BJJ blackbelt making his UFC debut after appearances in Strikeforce and Bellator.

Comparably, “Cowboy” Cerrone is coming off a trio consecutive wins including back-to-back submissions of Chris Horodecki and Paul Kelly in his most recent outings.

Today’s news marks yet another instance of promotional officials having to reshuffle the UFC 131 deck, as the diminished health of scheduled participants has already affected a number of bouts including the previous headliner between Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos, as well as other fights involving Krzysztof Soszynski, Jesse Bongfeldt, and Dustin Poirier.


  • JOEgun says:

    damn i was looking forward to this matchup. oh well. i hope someone exciting steps up to face cowboy

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  • Creature says:

    im disappointed.. i was really excited to see cowboy beat on mac..

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    what’s Evan Dunham up to?

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  • MCM says:

    I read some guy named Vagner Rocha is stepping in to face Cowboy. He’s 6-1 a supposed to be a pretty good ground guy. With all the LW’s floating around the UFC these days, you think they could have found someone a little more deserving. Terry Etim maybe?

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    interesting match up, love watching Donald fight, shame about Mac, could have been entertaining.
    still wanna see Donald and Cole Miller go at it, you know Donald would be super violent in that one

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  • Creature says:

    Ive always wanted to see dunham and cowboy mix it up, there both some of my favorites 155ers and are very similar fighters, similar physique, both very slick on the ground, and both have pretty decent stand up. almost mirror images of each other

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Tough debut match up For rocha but hey the pressure is all on Cerrone… Personally I can’t stand cowboy but he is a good fighter and probably take this one…

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  • stone says:

    Another injury, is it even a surprise… I wish fighters would stop sparring & grappling so damn hard in training… injuries in the ufc are getting fucking ridiculous

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