It appears the UFC will not seek a replacement to fill the vacancy created this week when heavyweight Lavar Johnson was forced out of his UFC on FOX 5 fight with Brendan Schaub due to a pulled groin. While it initially appeared there could be some hope in terms of keeping Schaub on the show, his manager has since confirmed the Ultimate Fighter finalist will skip next week’s event.
“Brendan is very disappointed but he is very dedicated and will be back to training. We will see how long Lavar is out and will assess Brendan’s options. I’m confident the UFC will get Brendan back in the Octagon soon,” said Alchemist MMA’s Lex McMahon in a comment to MMAFighting.
The notion that Schaub is still interested in Johnson is undoubtedly a relief to the injured slugger, as he too has commented on the matter and maintained his desire to throw down at some point soon.
“I was looking forward to it. Hope we can get it done in the future,” wrote Johnson in a Tweet directed to Schaub. “Once again, I’m sorry big dawg.”
It is unknown what bout will be bumped up to the headlining slot on the preliminary portion of the December 8 event now that Schaub and Johnson are both officially off the card. Possibilities include Dennis Siver-Nam Phan and Mike Easton-Raphael Assuncao.
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