What's that? More injuries you say? Yes, another injury has affected a UFC event, although at least it's not a main event or co-main event affected this time. Germany's Pascal Krauss was scheduled to fight Icelandic prospect Gunnar Nelson in one of the more anticipated fights on the preliminary card of UFC on FUEL TV 5. Unfortunately, Krauss suffered an injury in training and with just two weeks to go, a TUF alum has stepped in on very short notice to take on Nelson. Sherdog has the story on the replacement and the injury to Krauss:
"The Ultimate Fighter" Season 11 cast member Rich Attonito will replace injured German boxer Pascal Krauss as an opponent for Gunnar Nelson at UFC on Fuel TV 5. Dean Nelson, Gunnar Nelson’s father and head of ADCC Iceland, was first to announce the news on Twitter.
Krauss received a strong knee strike to the ribcage while sparring on Saturday morning and had to be rushed to the hospital after complaining of chest pain. Doctors at Freiburg University Hospital diagnosed severely bruised ribs, an inflamed chest muscle and a dislocated vertebra, rendering the 25-year-old "Panzer" unable to compete on Sept. 29 in Nottingham, England.
Attonito (10-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) fought at middleweight on TUF, but was removed from the quarterfinals after suffering a broken hand. He defeated Jamie Yager and Rafael Natal before dropping a decision to Dave Branch. After that, the 35-year-old dropped to 170 lbs for the first time in his career, beating Daniel Roberts but losing by TKO to Jake Hecht. Attonito was supposed to fight Rick Story earlier this year but he was injured and had to withdraw. Nelson is a highly regarded prospect so it's a pretty tall order for Rich on days notice.
Meanwhile, it's more misfortune for Krauss, who has been with the UFC since 2010 but has only fought twice. This is the 2nd time he's withdrawn from a fight in less than a year, with the other coming against John Hathaway at UFC 138.
Amazingly, this is the first injury change of the entire card -- Jorgen Kruth vs. Fabio Maldonado was pulled due to Kruth's retirement -- so given the string of card-damaging injuries we've seen lately, it's great to actually see this card stay intact for the most part.