Derek Brunson Replaces Injured Karlos Vemola, Meets Chris Leben at UFC 155



Former Strikeforce middleweight prospect Derek Brunson will replace the injured Karlos Vemola against Chris Leben at UFC 155, promotion officials recently announced.

The event takes place Dec. 29 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and is headlined by a heavyweight title rematch between reigning champion Junior dos Santos against former kingpin Cain Velasquez. Verbal agreements are in place for the Brunson-Leben showdown, according to the announcement.

Brunson, 28, began his career a perfect 9-0 before stumbling in his two most recent outings, first dropping a split decision to “Ultimate Fighter” Season 3 winner Kendall Grove before being knocked out in just 41 seconds by former Strikeforce champion Ronaldo Souza this past August. A representative of Jackson’s MMA, Brunson earned four victories last year, three of which came under the Strikeforce banner.

An alumnus of the original “TUF” series, Leben is known for his knockout power and ability to absorb punishment. Though the 32-year-old posted a trio of wins in 2010, he has lost two of his last three fights, most recently suffering a second-round technical knockout to Mark Munoz in November 2011. “The Crippler” tested positive for painkillers following that defeat, prompting the UFC to suspend the fighter for one year.

Vemola, 27, suffered a fractured cheekbone in training that caused his withdrawal. The Czech’s clash with Leben would have marked his third as a UFC middleweight and his fifth appearance overall in the Octagon. Vemola, who debuted in the UFC has heavyweight, holds a 2-3 promotional record, recording wins over Seth Petruzelli and Mike Massenzio in his two-plus years with the organization.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 26 days ago
  • 2 views

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman took to Instagram to put out a photo of his injured hand in a cast and inform his fans that he will be back stronger than ever. Following the disappointing new read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 views

Ovince Saint Preux has a new opponent for his next UFC bout. The UFC announced that former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael Cavalcante was pulled from his co-main event bout with OSP at read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 2 views

Undefeated Diego Ferreira has replaced injured lightweight Alan Patrick[/autotag and now meets Beneil Dariush next month at UFC 179.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 10 views

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman talks about his injured hand and working as a FOX Sports analyst at UFC 178. read news >>

  • 17 days ago
  • 4 views

Joe Lauzon has replaced the injured Norman Parke and will face Diego Sanchez in a lightweight bout at UFC 180. read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 views

Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort won’t go toe-to-toe at UFC 181. Scheduled to defend his UFC middleweight title on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Weidman has suffered a hand injury and was forced out of read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

UFC middleweight title challenger Vitor Belfort says that champion Chris Weidman is out of their December title fight after breaking his hand. Nothing like a dose of bad news to start off your week, read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled UFC 181 title fight opposite Vitor Belfort: Belfort vs. Weidman moved to February, according to Vitor. Damn. — G read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 4 views

With Chris Weidman out of his UFC 181 middleweight title fight against Vitor Belfort on Dec. 6, the UFC has called in its welterweight champion Johny Hendricks, to pick up the slack. According to MMA read news >>