Nothing like a dose of bad news to start off your week, as UFC middleweight contender Vitor Belfort posted a statement on his Facebook page, saying that champion Chris Weidman broke his hand and is out of their UFC 181 main event bout on December 6th.
I've just received the news that Chris Weidman broke his hand and, for what everything points to, our fight is gonna be moved to February.
The quote from Belfort was later confirmed by UFC president Dana White to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani.
Dana White just confirmed to me that Chris Weidman had to pull out of UFC 181 and the Belfort-Weidman fight has now been moved to Feb.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 22, 2014
As a result, Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler 2 is now taking place on Dec. 6, per Dana White.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 22, 2014
The timing of Hendricks/Lawler as the new main event comes just days after it was reported that Hendricks was likely not going to be ready until early 2015.
Another day, another UFC champion shelved due to injury. As it stands now, Anthony Pettis, Cain Velasquez, Jon Jones, and Weidman will have fought no more than once this year. Hendricks was on his way to being a part of this list until today's news broke and he's apparently ready to take on Lawler this December.