Marcos Vinicius reportedly has suffered an injury that will force him out of UFC on FX 8 next month.
Vinicius (20-4-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was scheduled to meet Yuri Alcantara (27-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) in a bantamweight bout on the card. But Brazilian news outlet Tatame reports the “TUF: Brazil” vet is out with a knee injury.
UFC officials have not yet confirmed his injury, nor have they announced a replacement to meet Alcantara on the card.
UFC on FX 8 takes place May 18 at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil. The event’s main card airs on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook.
Vinicius, a cast member on the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil,” won his official UFC debut with a “Knockout of the Night” win over fellow cast member Wagner Campos. But at the TUF 16 Finale in December, he dropped to bantamweight and was knocked out by Johnny Bedford in the second round, snapping a four-fight win streak.
Alcantara in January appeared to have a win over Pedro Nobre in hand. But referee Dan Miragliotta said his punches were illegal. Nobre was unable to continue, and the fight ended as a no contest. Alcantara started his UFC career with two straight wins, which came on the heels of a knockout win over current featherweight contender Ricardo Lamas in the WEC’s finale. But this past June, he lost a decision to Hacran Dias, which has kept him without a win for more than a year.
UFC on FX 8 features a headliner between former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and Vitor Belfort.
The card includes:
MAIN CARD (FX 9 p.m. ET)
- Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold
- Constantinos Philippou vs. Ronaldo Souza
- C.B. Dollaway vs. Cezar Ferreira
- Rafael dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham
PRELIMINARY CARD (FUEL TV, 6 p.m. ET)
- Hacran Dias vs. Nik Lentz
- Mike Rio vs. Francisco Trinaldo
- Yuri Alcantara vs. TBA
- Lance Benoist vs. Paulo Thiago
- Azamat Gashimov vs. John Lineker
- Roger Hollett vs. Fabio Maldonado
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 4:30 p.m. ET)
- John Cholish vs. Gleison Tibau
- Chris Cariaso vs. Jussier Formiga
- Jeremy Larsen vs. Lucas Martins
For the latest on UFC on FX 8, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.
(Pictured: Marcos Vinicius)