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Takanori Gomi draws new opponent at UFC 144 after George Sotiropoulos goes down with injury

An injury has forced Georges Sotiropoulos to pull out of a planned match-up with Takanori Gomi at UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson. In place of Sotiropoulos will be Eiji Mitsuoka.

Mitsuoka will be making his UFC debut with his precious action primarily occurring in Japan where he racked up a 18-7-2 in his career. Included in those wins are victories over the likes of Rodrigo Damm, Gleison Tibau, and Joachim Hansen. Gomi will be competing in his native country for the first time since 2009, and will be looking to end a two-fight losing skid. Gomi is 32-8 overall but just 1-3 in his four UFC fights.

It is unknown at this time what kind of injury Sotiropoulos suffered. MMAWeekly was the first to report the change to the card.

UFC 144 features a headlining fight pitting UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar against #1 contender Benson Henderson. The card goes down February 26 from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.


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