Just a few days after replacing the injured Shayna Baszler, Brazil's Amanda Nunes has been forced to withdraw from her scheduled match-up against Sarah Kaufman at the TUF: Nations Finale next Wednesday.
The women's bantamweight competitor suffered a dislocated thumb in her right hand during jiu-jitsu practice earlier today and was forced to withdraw from the event.
Combate.com's Ivan Raupp was first to report the news on Tuesday afternoon.
Victoria, BC's Sarah Kaufman was scheduled to face TUF 18 veteran Shayna Baszler at the TUF: Nations Finale before Baszler was forced to bow out with undisclosed injuries. Brazil's Amanda Nunes quickly replaced Baszler, yet it now appears that she too has suffered an injury and will not be able to compete.
Her bout next week would have marked her first fight since a razor-thin spit decision loss to Jessica Eye, which was later over-turned to a no-contest when Eye was suspended by the Texas Athletic commission for testing positive for cannabinoids.
With just over a week until the finale, it is unlikely that the UFC will find a suitable replacement for Kaufman.
The TUF: Nations Finale takes place April 16 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
UPDATE - MMA Rising reports that Leslie Smith has stepped up on short notice to fight Kaufman. Smith (6-4-1) lost a close split decision to Kaufman at Invicta FC 5 one year ago.