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Gustafsson injury forces him off UFC: Berlin, Jedrzejczyk vs Penne is the new main event

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The injuries keep rolling, as the Swedish light heavyweight drops out of his fight with Glover Teixeira due to injury and the card gets a title fight as the new main event

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The UFC announced that the #2 light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson has been forced to withdraw from UFC Berlin on June 20th, due to an undisclosed injury.

The UFC have managed to pull up a replacement fight for the European market, as undefeated UFC women's strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (9-0-0), from Poland, will defend her belt against #3 ranked Jessica Penne (12-3-0) from California. Penne lost to Carla Esparza in the TUF 20 semi-finals, who went on to win the season and the belt before losing the championship to Jedrzejczyk in her first title defense.

While Jedrzejczyk is already cementing herself as something of a fan favourite, many fans will find themselves understandably distraught as the UFC's historically marquee division of 205lbs is torn and battered by scandal and injury, and another exciting match-up is taken off the table.

2015 increasingly seems set to repeat the patterns of injuries which plagued 2014, as this represents the eighth time in 2015 that a UFC headliner has been altered due to an injury or otherwise:

  • Matt Brown-Tarec Saffiediene became Ben Henderson-Brandon Thatch
  • Rashad Evans-Glover Teixeira became Frank Mir-Bigfoot Silva
  • Chris Weidman-Vitor Belfort became Ronda Rousey-Cat Zingano at UFC 184
  • Urijah Faber-Rafael Assuncao became Demian Maia-Ryan LaFlare
  • TJ Dillashaw-Renan Barao gave way to Demetrious Johnson-Kyoji Horiguchi at UFC 186
  • Jon Jones-Anthony Johnson becomes Daniel Cormier-Anthony Johnson at UFC 187
  • Daniel Cormier pulled from Fight Night: Louisiana against Ryan Bader

Unconfirmed rumours indicate that it may have been a back injury which forced Gustafsson off the card, but Bloody Elbow will keep updating this story as it progresses.