michael-johnson-ufc-fight-night-37

A highly anticipated lightweight contest has been scrapped, as Michael Johnson (15-8 MMA, 7-4 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from a planned UFC on FOX 12 bout with Josh Thomson (20-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC).

MMAjunkie today confirmed with a source close to the promotion that injury has forced Johnson out of the bout and that UFC officials are currently seeking a new opponent for Thomson.

Featuring a welterweight shootout between Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown, UFC on FOX 12 takes place July 26 at SAP Center in San Jose. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Johnson vs. Thomson was expected to air on the evening’s network-televised main card.

Thomson is looking to return to the cage for the first time since a narrow (and controversial) loss to former UFC champion Benson Henderson in January. The 35-year-old ex-Strikeforce titleholder briefly considered retirement after the defeat, which moved him to 4-4 in his past eight fights, but opted to fight on.

He was looking to fight close to home against Johnson, a runner-up on “The Ultimate Fighter 12? who’s recently strung together a series of wins over high-profile opponents. Although the 27-year-old Blackzilian member began his UFC career with a 4-4 record, he’s since rebounded to defeat Joe Lauzon, Gleison Tibau and Melvin Guillard to move into title contention.

A timetable for Johnson’s return wasn’t immediately established.

For more on UFC on FOX 12, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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

Related News

UFC 189 Results: What We Learned from Matt Brown vs. Tim Means

  • 19 days ago
  • 7 views

The highly anticipated welterweight scrap fulfilled expectations. Matt Brown and Tim Means delivered in a stellar one-round altercation. Means looked sharp early and staggered Brown. The ultra-tough read news >>

6 Reasons to Watch UFC on Fox 16

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 views

Saturday will feature one of the most anticipated rematches in UFC history. And depending on who you are, it may serve as one of the more intriguing rivalries of the past few years. But besides the p read news >>

UFC on FOX 16 results: Ben Saunders edges Kenny Robertson in bloody brawl

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 views

CHICAGO -- Hardcore fans anticipated someone was going to take home a limb as a trophy from the UFC on FOX 16 welterweight showdown Kenny Robertson and Ben Saunders. Both guys, after all, are known f read news >>

Reebok payouts for UFC on FOX 16 reportedly total $213,000 for 'Dillashaw vs. Barao 2'

  • 4 days ago
  • 107 views

The aftermath of the highly debated (and often criticized) sponsorship deal between Reebok and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is in full swing -- for better or for worse -- after launching back read news >>

MMAjunkie Radio (noon ET): Jorge Masvidal, Matt Brown, Josh Thomson , Stitch Duran

  • 17 days ago
  • 7 views

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) with guests Jorge Masvidal, Matt Brown, Josh Thomson and Stitch Duran.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Conor McGregor vs. Chad Mendes: What We Learned from UFC 189 Interim Title Fight

  • 18 days ago
  • 40 views

One of the most hotly anticipated featherweight bouts in MMA history headlined UFC 189, when Conor McGregor met Chad Mendes in a raucous Las Vegas-turned-Dublin-for-a-night match. The fight also serv read news >>

UFC 189 Fight Card: PPV Schedule, Odds and Predictions for Mendes vs. McGregor

  • 19 days ago
  • 6 views

One of the most anticipated fights of 2015 has finally arrived as Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes headline UFC 189 on Saturday in their bids to claim the interim UFC featherweight championship. Co-anc read news >>

Antonio Braga Neto out, Dominique Steele in against Zak Cummings at UFC on FOX 16

  • 21 days ago
  • 3 views

Strikeforce and Bellator veteran Dominique Steele will have an opportunity to compete on the big stage of the UFC after Antonio Braga Neto was forced out of his UFC on FOX 16 bout with Zak Cummings.F read news >>

UFC 189: Latest Mendes vs. McGregor Odds, Predictions and Pre-Weigh-in Hype

  • 21 days ago
  • 3 views

Just two days out from the highly anticipated UFC 189 headliner between Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes, the pre-fight buildup has grown to a roar. The question on everyone's mind? Is McGregor everyth read news >>

UFC on FOX 16: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2 fight card

  • 26 days ago
  • 40 views

A look at the July 25th UFC on FOX event in Chicago, IL, where T.J. Dillashaw seeks to go 2-for-2 against Renan Barao in bantamweight title fights. We've not talked much about this UFC on FOX card th read news >>