Injured Johnny Eduardo pulled from next week's UFC 158 lineup


johnny-eduardo-1.jpgAn injury has forced Johnny Eduardo (26-9 MMA, 1-1 UFC) out of next week’s UFC 158 event and his bantamweight bout with Yves Jabouin (18-8 MMA, 3-2 UFC).

UFC officials today announced the change, and Eduardo later tweeted that a shoulder injury is to blame.

It’s not clear if a replacement will be sought, though with just 10 days until the event, it could be a challenge.

Featuring a welterweight title fight between champion Georges St-Pierre and former Strikeforce titleholder Nick Diaz, UFC 158 takes place March 16 at Montreal’s Bell Centre. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.

Eduardo vs. Jabouin was slated for the Facebook portion of the card.

Eduardo, a 17-year Brazilian vet, made his long-awaited UFC debut in 2011. He snapped an 11-fight win streak with a decision loss to Raphael Assuncao, but after an injury layoff, he rebounded this past May with a decision victory over Jeff Curran.

The latest UFC 158 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz – for welterweight title
  • Carlos Condit vs. Johny Hendricks
  • Jake Ellenberger vs. Nate Marquardt
  • Chris Camozzi vs. Nick Ring
  • Colin Fletcher vs. Mike Ricci

PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Patrick Cote vs. Bobby Voelker
  • Antonio Carvalho vs. Darren Elkins
  • Jordan Mein vs. Dan Miller
  • Daron Cruickshank vs. John Makdessi

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:35 p.m. ET)

  • Quinn Mulhern vs. Rick Story
  • TJ Dillashaw vs. Issei Tamura
  • Reuben Duran vs. George Roop

For more on UFC 158, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Johnny Eduardo)

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