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The injury bug appears to be setting its sights on UFC preliminary cards, as it's now taken out Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson from his UFC 154 fight against Besam Yousef.
Yes, we have another injury to report. The preliminary card of UFC 154 has taken a hit as Stephen Thompson has been forced out of his fight with Besam Yousef with a knee injury. MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani has the story:
Welterweight prospect Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson has pulled out of his UFC 154 fight against Besam Yousef due to an injured knee, MMAFighting.com confirmed with sources close to the fight. Thompson recently suffered a torn meniscus in training. He will undergo surgery on Monday and is expected to be out of action for eight weeks.
Thompson (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was dubbed "American Machida" by UFC announcer Mike Goldberg along with a legion of no-one following a fantastic head kick KO of Dan Stittgen at UFC 143. "Wonderboy" was then given veteran UFC gatekeeper Matt Brown and was completely helpless on the ground and outstruck on his way to a decision loss.
Yousef (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) last fought in Sweden in front of his home fans at UFC on FUEL 2, but was submitted by Simeon Thoresen. No news on whether or he'll have a replacement opponent or remain on the card at all.