Just when you thought it was safe to step back into the octagon, yet another UFC fighter has pulled out of an upcoming fight through injury.
The latest victim is Carlos Condit, who has been forced to pull out of his co-main event fight against Paul Daley at UFC 108 on January 2nd. There is no definitive word on his injury, though mmajunkie are reporting it is one of his hands that had caused the cancellation of the bout.
Daley reacted angrily to the news of the cancellation, stating on The Underground messageboard, “I’d (take) any fight.. I just wanna fight. Condit is a big pussy IMO, I have inside information on that dude….it’s all good as long as I fight.”
Now Dustin Hazelett is widely reported to have verbally agreed to step in and fight Daley at the event. Hazelett had been expected to face Karo Parisyan at UFC 106 until his opponent pulled out just days before the fight.
Hazelett, who has won Submission Of The Night in spectacular fashion in his last two outings in the UFC will pose a serious threat to Paul Daley, who’s ground game is known to be his weak spot.
With only a few weeks left until the event, another call-off was the last thing the UFC wanted to hear for an event which has proved to be particularly troublesome for the promotion.
Major fights including Rampage Jackson Vs Rashad Evans, Anderson Silva Vs Vitor Belfort , Brock Lesnar Vs Shane Carwin, and Cain Velasquez Vs Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira had all been expected at one time or another to headline the card, but all have since fallen by the wayside due to illness, injury and call-offs.
In their place Rashad Evans Vs Thiago Silva, a fight which had been expected to serve as the co-main event, has now been promoted to the headline slot. Much like the Forrest Griffin Vs Tito Ortiz rematch that stepped up to main event status at UFC 106 and resulted in dissapointing Pay Per View numbers, the Evans – Silva fight has been met with relative indifference from fans.
Condit’s injury appeared to be yet another headache for UFC officials, but they have acted swiftly to fdeal with the situation and find a suitable opponent for the bout.
Article updated on 10th December to include news of Dustin Hazelett agreeing to fight Daley.