Fans in the Toronto area received some disappointing news last night when the UFC announced rising welterweight star Rory MacDonald had withdrawn from his UFC 140 bout with Brian Ebersole after injuring himself while training for the December 10 duel.
However, any dismay at seeing the card lose a local product was short-lived after the UFC turned around to fill MacDonald’s slot with one of his fellow Canadians – Claude Patrick.
Patrick, an Ontario native, has quietly gone 3-0 in the UFC including wins over James Wilks and most recently Daniel Roberts. He holds an overall record of 14-1 with twelve stoppages, nine by submission, and hasn’t lost since taking a three-year break from competition in 2002 after starting his career out with a 1-1 mark.
UFC 140 is headlined by light heavyweight ace Jon Jones defending his title against former champion Lyoto Machida and also features match-ups including Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Tito Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
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