Robert Drysdale reportedly out of UFC 163 with staph infection


robert-drysdale-2.jpgA staph infection reportedly will delay the UFC debut of Robert Drysdale, who’s been forced off next month’s UFC 163 card.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal first reported the scratch. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) could not immediately confirm the change, and as of Tuesday morning, the bout is still listed on UFC.com.

Drysdale (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was slated to fight fellow light heavyweight Ednaldo Oliveira (13-1-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 163, which takes place Aug. 3 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. Drysdale was slotted in the Facebook-streamed preliminary card, which precede additional prelims on FX and a pay-per-view main card.

It’s not clear if a replacement will be sought.

Drysdale, a world champion grappler who was born in the U.S. but spent much of his childhood in Brazil, made his official MMA debut in 2010. Recently, the black belt has competed for Legacy FC in Texas. All of six of his pro wins have come via first-round submission, including an April victory over Bellator vet D.J. Linderman.

The latest UFC 163 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:30 p.m. ET)

For more on UFC 163, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Robert Drysdale)

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

Related News

  • 24 days ago
  • 10 views

In the Australian's middleweight debut, Robert Whittaker and Clint Hester will determine who the superior striker is this Friday (Nov. 7, 2014) at UFC Fight Night 55 inside Allphones Arena in Sydney, read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 18 views

SYDNEY – Robert Whittaker and Clint Hester made it all of a few seconds before squaring off and trying to take each others’ heads off with heavy power punches. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 14 days ago
  • 4 views

Holly Holm has been forced out of her scheduled UFC debut against Raquel Pennington at UFC 181 due to an undisclosed injury. read news >>

  • 9 days ago
  • 2 views

Former-world-champion-boxer-turned-MMA-fighter Holly Holmes explains the neck injury that forced the undefeated fighter out of her UFC debut. read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 46 views

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who squandered a landmark endorsement deal with Nike earlier this year, is now in negotiations with Reebok for a new partnership. That's according to broadca read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 2 views

Alan Jouban was nothing short of spectacular in his UFC debut. He intends to be just as good at Saturday's UFC Fight Night 56 in Brazil. read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 views

Robert Whittaker, who fights Clint “Headbussa” Hester this Saturday at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping in Sydney, Australia’s Allphones Arena, is on the comeback trail. read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 views

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was apparently hospitalized on Monday, but it won’t affect a major pay-per-view fight he has planned for early next year.Filed under: Featured, News, U read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 3 views

SYDNEY – UFC middleweight and “The Ultimate Fighter 17? veteran Clint Hester briefly flirted with light heavyweight. But now, he is firmly committed to the middleweight division.Filed under: News, UF read news >>

Jump to: