An already less than stellar UFC 138 card may have just lost their most exciting fight earlier today when Paul Taylor was forced to pull out of his schedule bout against Anthony Njokuani after being involved in a minor car accident. Luckily the injury is not career-threatening as “Relentless” only suffered whiplash when his car was rear-ended while stopped at a red light.
Due to the timing of the injury, UFC officials could not find a suitable replacement for Njokuani in time for this Saturday’s event.
Cyrille Diabate vs. Anthony Perosh has been moved up to the main card, which airs via tape-delay on SpikeTV in the US but live everywhere else in the world.
After two straight decision losses, Taylor got back on track at UFC 126 by knocking out Gabe Ruediger in the second round with a head kick and a flurry of strikes. Njokuani was looking for his second straight victory over a British fighter, already defeating Andre Winner at UFC 132 by dominant unanimous decision.
UFC 138 is scheduled for November 5 at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England and is headlined by the first ever five-round non-title fight between heavy hitting middleweight Chris Leben and All-American wrestler Mark Munoz.