The UFC has lost main event after main event lately. It seems like everyone is getting bit by the injury bug, and it’s happened again. Hector Lombard was supposed to meet Brian Stann but that’s not happening. Tim Boetsch was supposed to meet Michael Bisping in Calgary at UFC 149, but that’s not happening now either. Here’s who will meet and how long the injuries will keep the fighters sidelined.
Brian Stann suffered a separated shoulder in training and as such, will be sidelined for a couple of months while it heals. The injury of course took him out of a fight with UFC newcomer Hector Lombard. Brian Stann is a tremendously talented fighter, and when he comes back, expect him to face Lombard if he wins his UFC debut.
Another fighter who is out of his scheduled fight is Michael Bisping. He has an injured knee that is going to be scoped and rehabbed. He’s probably only going to be on the shelf for two to six weeks, so he’ll be back in the mix sooner rather than later. His absence left Tim Boetsch without an opponent and UFC 149.
So you have Lombard and Boetsch without opponents, it makes sense to have them fight each other, and that’s exactly what will happen at UFC 149 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Hector Lombard will be making his UFC debut, after an outstanding career in Bellator serving as their Middleweight champion. Lombard has won 24 fights since his last defeat, and holds a very respectable 31-2 record. He will be a handful for anyone in the UFC.
Tim Boetsch has looked tremendous since dropping to Middleweight, going 3-0 and is coming off of a very impressive victory over Yushin Okami. Tim is a big Middleweight, and has good stamina, big punching power and a well-rounded game. He’s a threat at 185 and a fight with Lombard will be a great match.
Since the UFC on Fox 4 card lost its main event in the form of Lombard and Stann, it was necessary to replace them in the main event. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will go toe to toe with Brandon Vera in the main event. That’s for now. It could all change tomorrow. There are also rumblings that Anderson Silva’s knee injury is worse than first thought, and his fight with Chael Sonnen is in jeopardy. UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has to be going gray with all the stress from these injuries.