Frankie Edgar has been forced out of his upcoming fight with The Korean Zombie at UFC Fight Night 139 in Denver on November 10th.
Edgar is believed to have suffered a bicep injury, but it’s not too serious and he should be ready to return in early 2019.
The UFC have acted quickly to bring in a replacement in the shape of Yair Rodriguez to fight The Korean Zombie at an event that’s set to mark the promotion’s 25th anniversary.
Rodriguez hasn’t fought since his unbeaten run in the UFC came to an end in May of last year with a TKO loss to the aforementioned Edgar.
After a year on the sidelines Rodriguez found himself in trouble with the UFC brass after turning down two fights, leading to him being briefly fired from the promotion, though they soon settled their differences and he returned to the fold to face Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 228, only for that fight to fall through again due to an injury.
Now he finally does get a chance to return to action on just a few weeks notice as he looks to rediscover the form that saw him win his first six fights in a row inside the Octagon, defeating the likes of BJ Penn, Andre Fili and Alex Caceres along the way.
As for Chan Sung Jung, aka The Korean Zombie, he has actually been out of action for even longer than his new opponent, with his last fight being an impressive first round KO victory over Dennis Bermudez back in February of 2017.
That had been the Zombie’s first fight in over four years after he was called up for military service in his native South Korea, but unfortunately he wasn’t able to continue to build momentum following that due to suffering a knee injury that’s kept him out of action until now.
The Korean Zombie Vs Rodriguez remains in the main event spot of the UFC Fight Night 139 event, while Donald Cerrone Vs Mike Perry serves as the co-main event.