As has become the norm for MMA event planning, injuries create change and wreak havoc on the plans of fans and fighters alike. Today's injury news comes in the form of Akira Corassani (who may now claim the title of the UFC's most oft injured fighter) who pulled out of his UFC on Fox Sports 1: 1 bout against Mike Brown. Corassani announced the injury on Twitter:
Dear friends. I've been forced to pull out of the fight in August due to an injury that makes me train at 60% at most. Thanks all, much love— Akira Corassani (@AkiraCorassani) July 1, 2013
Replacing Corassani is Steven Siler. Siler is coming off a recent unanimous decision victory over Kurt Holobaugh at UFC 159. So far he's had a surprisingly successful and effective octagon run, going 4-1 in the featherweight division (his only loss to Darren Elkins). He should provide a stiff test for Brown who will be fighting for only the second time in as many years.
Running in tandem with Corassani's announcement, UFC newcomer (and former Legacy FC heavyweight champion) Derrick Lewis will see his debut delayed as he has been removed from a UFC on Fox Sports 1: 2 fight due to injury. Lewis was set to face Nandor Guelmino who will now take on another promotional rookie in Daniel Omielanczuk at UFC 165 in September.
That's not to say that UFC on Fox Sports 1: 2 has lost a fight, replacing the Guelmino vs. Lewis fight will be Roger Bowling vs. Abel Trujillo. Bowling is something of a surprise holdover from Strikeforce, especially after his second round pasting at the hands of Anthony Njokuani at UFC on Fox 7. But he'll be getting the chance to end his two fight skid against Abel Trujillo, who himself comes off a decision loss against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 160. It's a good fight for both men as offense heavy power punchers, although I suspect that it will result in one of the two seeing his last fight in the promotion.
To round everything up, Steven Siler replaces Akira Corassani against Mike Brown at UFC on Fox Sports 1: Shogun vs. Sonnen on August 17 in Boston Massachusetts. Daniel Omielanczuk replaces Derrick Lewis against Nandor Guelmino and the two will now be facing off at UFC 165 on September 21 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Taking over the slot of Guelmino vs. Omielanczuk will be Roger Bowling vs. Abel Trujillo at UFC on Fox Sports 1: Condit vs. Kampmann in Indianapolis Indiana on August 28.
Stay alert, as there are always more changes and fight announcements just around the corner.