An upcoming bout between UFC middleweights Costa Philippou and Ronaldo Souza has been scratched from the lineup for UFC on FX 8 after the former suffered a serious cut above his eye while training for the tilt. The clash was set to serve as the evening’s co-headliner and was significant from a contendership standpoint given the accomplishments of each leading up to the match-up.
Though not officially announced, MMAFighting was able to confirm the change with sources close to the May 18 event. It is likely the UFC will find a replacement for Philippou based on the amount of time involved.
Philippou is currently on a five-fight winning streak, picking up a knockout of Tim Boetsch in his most recent rumble. Meanwhile, the 17-3 Souza has found success in eight of his last nine fights including three straight.
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