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An injury to Jimy Hettes has forced him out of a potential showdown with Steven Siler at UFC 159. One-time Strikeforce lightweight Kurt Holobaugh has stepped in to replace him.
UFC featherweight Jimy Hettes is out of a scheduled fight with Steven Siler yet again. The 25-year-old prospect recently suffered knee ligament damage, and replacing him on the card is Kurt Holobaugh. Ariel Helwani has the details:
For the second time in less than a year, Jimy Hettes has pulled out of a fight against Steven Siler due to an injury.
The 25-year-old wrote on his Facebook account Wednesday that he recently suffered a torn MCL and sprained ACL, forcing him out of his UFC 159 fight against Siler. As a result, Kurt Holobaugh, formerly of Strikeforce, will replace him on short notice. The news was first reported on FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight.
Holobaugh (8-1) put in a game effort against Pat Healy on the final Strikeforce card in January. He lost by unanimous decision but earned a UFC roster spot, and once again finds himself replacing an injured fighter.
Hettes was injured last year preparing for his UFC on FX 4 fight with Siler in June 2012. He has not won since he pulverized Nam Phan at UFC 141 to end 2011, and his last fight was an upset loss to Marcus Brimage at UFC 152.
UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen is on April 27th in Newark, New Jersey.