While it hasn't suffered any big name losses, UFC Fight Night Sydney is quickly becoming a snakebit card. Ray Borg, Patrick Williams, Mark Eddiva and Mike de la Torre, Daniel Omielanczuk, and Frankie Saenz have all fallen off from planned bouts due to injury. Add in the trouble with Michael Imperato and you have a card that's been in constant turmoil since it was announced. The latest blow comes to a fighter already filling in, as Neil Seery (brought in to replace Borg) has suffered a broken rib in training. Seery announced the news via Twitter, and the UFC was quick to announce his replacement.
Gutted to be out of my fight broke my rib sparring with pro boxers sorry to Richie hope we can get it on again some time— Neil 2 Tap Seery (@NeilSeeryMMA) October 28, 2014
Seery, as fans may remember, was brought in as a short notice replacement against Brad Pickett for Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa, back in March of this year. Something of a career journeyman, Seery put on an incredibly competitive performance in his short notice UFC debut. Since then he went on to avenge a loss to Phil Harris in a dominant decision at the UFC's Dublin show. No word as to how long Seery expects to be out.
Filling in for him will be Louis Smolka, the Hawaiian born, former PXC champion earned a bit of hype in his UFC debut with a solid win over Alptekin Ozkilic. Last time out he dropped a lackluster decision to Chris Cariaso, displaying his vulnerability to strikers who can work well at range and control the clinch. It's tough to say that his opponent in Sydney, Richie Vaculik, poses many of those complications, as he tends to be a boxer grappler, and hasn't shown much of a dominant wrestling or striking game.
UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Rockhold takes place on November 8th in Sydney Australia. Here's a look at the card as it stands now.