Veteran competitor Nam Phan
stepped up to replace the injured Eddie Yagin
UFC on Fox 5
and will face German talent Dennis Siver
at the Dec. 8 event.
Promotion officials today announced the new matchup after reports
surfaced Tuesday that Yagin would be unable to compete due to a
head injury that landed him in the hospital. According to Yagin’s
manager, Jason House, the featherweight has blood around his brain
that is causing swelling. However, that swelling is expected to
subside without surgery, House told Sherdog.com.
Headlined by a lightweight title bout between champion Benson
Henderson and challenger Nate Diaz, UFC
on Fox 5 takes place at KeyArena in Seattle. The event airs live on
Fox’s flagship network and will also see former light heavyweight
ruler Mauricio Rua
toe the line against Swedish prospect Alexander
Gustafsson in the co-main event.
Phan, 29, has won two of his last three fights after going 0-2 to
begin his UFC career. An 11-year pro, Phan introduced himself to
UFC audiences in 2010 as a cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter”
Season 12, falling to WEC veteran Leonard
Garcia in a widely disputed split decision at the show’s live
finale. Phan kicked off 2012 by outpointing lanky submission ace
Miller this past August, snatching a hard-fought split verdict
at UFC on Fox 4.
Siver, 33, has won nine of his last 11 bouts. The Russian-born
German competed at 155 pounds for most of his UFC career but more
recently made the drop to featherweight following a loss to ex-WEC
title challenger Donald
Cerrone roughly one year ago. A lighter Siver returned to the
Octagon this past April, taking a unanimous decision over
highly-regarded featherweight Diego Nunes
at UFC on Fuel TV 2.
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