A staph infection will prevent Robert
Drysdale from competing at
UFC 163, according to a report from the
Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Drysdale was supposed to face fellow light heavyweight Ednaldo
Oliveira at the Aug. 3 event, which takes place at HSBC Arena
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is headlined by a featherweight
title confrontation between Jose Aldo and
Sung Jung. The UFC has not made an official announcement
regarding Drysdale’s reported withdrawal, but Brazilian outlet
Tatame.com on Wednesday reported that Francimar
“Bodao” Barroso will step in for the American against
Widely recognized as one of MMA’s best Brazilian jiu-jitsu
practitioners, Drysdale made his pro fighting debut in 2010 and has
yet to taste defeat, notching six consecutive submission wins to
his credit. The ADCC and Mundials champion signed with the
Texas-based Legacy Fighting Championship last year and rattled off
three victories under the LFC banner, most recently submitting
Bellator veteran D.J.
Linderman this past April in just 1:48.
Oliveira, meanwhile, suffered his first defeat in his last in-cage
appearance, submitting to a Gabriel
Gonzaga rear-naked choke this past January at UFC 142. Prior to
his Octagon debut, the 29-year-old posted 13 victories on Brazilian
soil, picking up eight knockouts along the way.
A winner of 12 of his last 13 bouts, Barroso has won three straight
fights since suffering a first-round knockout to Baga Agaev
more than two years ago. “Bodao” posted a pair of stoppage wins
last year and scored his first victory of 2013 on April 12, when he
Melo da Silva with second-round rear-naked choke at Watch Out
Combat Show 25.