dos Santos will have to wait a little longer to make his
Promotion officials announced Thursday that “Mondragon” has been
forced to pull out of his planned UFC
153 scrap against fellow heavyweight Gabriel
Gonzaga, though a reason for the Brazilian’s withdrawal was not
revealed. It is currently unknown if Gonzaga will remain on the
UFC 153 takes place Oct. 13 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro and
will see UFC middleweight champion Anderson
Silva temporarily move up to 205 pounds to meet “Ultimate
Fighter” Season 1 finalist Stephan
Bonnar in the evening’s headliner. The show’s pay-per-view card
will also showcase a heavyweight confrontation between former Pride
Fighting Championships titlist Antonio
Rodrigo Nogueira and Dave Herman,
as well as a pivotal welterweight collision pitting highly-regarded
Fitch against surging Brazilian prospect Erick
Dos Santos, 32, has emerged victorious in each of his last 10
outings, most recently knocking out Rodrigo
da Silva in March and Eduardo
Maiorino in May under the Max Fight banner in Brazil.
“Mondragon” has finished 29 of his 31 career victims, earning 20 of
those wins via form of knockout.
Gonzaga, 33, made his UFC return in January following a two-year
Octagon absence, submitting countryman Ednaldo
Oliveira with a first-round rear-naked choke at UFC 142.
“Napao” previously contended for the UFC heavyweight title in 2007,
falling by third-round technical knockout to then-champion Randy
Couture at UFC 74.