Stann has suffered an undisclosed injury and will be unable to
compete as expected against Hector
Lombard in the
UFC on Fox 4 headliner.
Sherdog.com confirmed the news with a source close to the bout on
Wednesday. MMAFighting.com first reported the development.
UFC on Fox 4 takes place Aug. 4 at the Staples Center in Los
Angeles and marks the promotion’s third event of 2012 to appear on
Fox’s flagship network. There has been no word from the UFC
regarding either Stann’s injury or a potential replacement opponent
Stann, 31, has won four of his last five contests, with only a loss
to current No. 1 contender Chael Sonnen
marring the ex-Marine’s record during that stretch. The former
World Extreme Cagefighting light heavyweight champion made his
185-pound debut in 2010, rattling off a trio of victories over
Massenzio, Chris Leben
Santiago before submitting to Sonnen’s arm-triangle choke this
past October at UFC
136. The “All-American” rebounded from the loss in his most
recent outing, however, stopping Alessio
Sakara with ground-and-pound seven weeks ago at
UFC on Fuel TV 2.
Lombard has not lost in over five years, recently ending a
three-year stretch with the Bellator Fighting Championships that
saw him earn eight victories and capture the Chicago-based
promotion’s middleweight title. The hard-punching 34-year-old last
competed on Nov. 19, dispatching Trevor
Prangley in the second round of their
Bellator 58 affair to notch his 17th career knockout.