knee injury has sidelined Kyle Noke. | Jeff
A knee injury has forced Kyle Noke to
withdraw from a proposed Sept. 21 clash against Yoshihiro
Akiyama in Japan.
The Australian welterweight revealed the news on his Twitter
account Thursday morning.
“Unfortunately I’ve had to withdraw from my fight with Akiyama in
Japan due to a knee injury. Thank you everyone for your continued
support,” Noke wrote.
UFC Tonight recently reported that the promotion has asked Amir
Sadollah to take Noke’s spot against Akiyama on the UFC Fight
Night card. Currently, Sadollah is scheduled to face Nicolas Musoke
at UFC Fight Night in Stockholm on Oct. 4.
UFC Fight Night Japan takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in
Saitama, Japan, and is headlined by a heavyweight clash between
Hunt and Roy
Following a coaching stint on “The Ultimate Fighter: Nations,” Noke
dropped a unanimous decision to Patrick Cote
at the show’s finale on April 16. The Jackson-Wink MMA
representative is 4-3 overall during his Octagon tenure.
Akiyama, meanwhile, has not competed since February 2012, when he
lost a unanimous decision to Jake Shields
at UFC 144. After debuting in the Octagon with a split-decision
triumph over Alan
Belcher at UFC 100, “Sexyama” has lost four straight within the
Las Vegas-based promotion.