Injuries continue to plague the UFC on Versus 3 card, scheduled for March 3rd in Louisville, Kentucky. Rafael Natal and Franscisco Rivera have both pulled out of their respective bouts with Alessio Sakara and Takeya Mizugaki, according to recent reports from MMA Junkie and Versus.com. There have not yet been any updates concerning replacement opponents for Sakara and Mizugaki. The event has already seen Mark Scanlon, Maiquel Falcao, Matt Riddle, Alexandre Ferreira, and Paulo Thiago all bow out of scheduled bouts. UFC on Versus 3 coverage
A few days ago, UFC middleweight Jorge Rivera announced that he would be forced to withdraw from his UFC 118 bout with Alessio Sakara due to an injury sustained in training. Today, "El Conquistador" shares some more bad news with the Boston Herald's Dan Duggan: Jorge Rivera immediately knew he had seriously injured his left arm. During a recent training session at Tim Burrill Jiu Jitsu, Rivera attempted a takedown and his grappling partner, Radhames Familia, sprawled on his arm. Rivera heard a snap and knew he was in trouble. The result was a broken ulna, one of the two bones in the forearm... Rivera initially hoped that he’d be ready to return to action in late September or October, but he’ll get a better idea of the timetable after a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday. "I was hoping that I would be able to let it heal," the Milford native said. "I had no idea how much went into recovery. It’s nowhere near what I thought it was like. So it’s just going to take me a lot longer than I would have hoped... It sucks... It’s very disappointing to walk away from fighting in Boston."
Two more rumored fights for UFC 116: Nate Marquardt vs. Alessio Sakara Brendan Schaub vs. Chris Tuchscherer Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo Kurt Pellegrino vs. George Sotiropoulos Nate Marquardt vs. Alessio Sakara Chris Lytle vs. Matt Brown Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Sozynski Brendan Schaub vs. Chris Tuchscherer Thiago Silva vs. TBA Kendall Grove vs. TBA Goran Reljic vs. TBA HT: Joe Ferraro's Twitter, Venom77 UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin coverage