Having already lost several stars and headliners to injuries this summer, the UFC must now do without one of its top middleweights hopefuls from “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil.”

The first international edition of the UFC reality show aired its last episode Sunday on Brazilian TV, and promotion officials announced Monday that an arm injury has left 185-pound finalist Daniel Sarafian unable to compete in his season-ending showdown against Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira at UFC 147.

Instead, Ferreira will tangle with the man whom Sarafian knocked out of the semifinal stage, BJJ wiz Sergio Moraes. Ferreira and Moraes meet in the co-main event of UFC 147, which takes place Saturday at Felipe Drumond Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and features a main event rematch between Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva.

The change is just the latest brought about by a series of injury woes, which most notably wiped “TUF Brazil” coach Vitor Belfort from his main event pairing with Silva last month. In a press release, the UFC stated that “fans who purchased tickets for the event will now officially have three days to decide whether to seek a full refund.”

Moraes had been slated to compete on the card against fellow cast member Renee Forte, who will now receive a spot on a future UFC event, per the release.

Saturday’s main card also includes the “TUF Brazil” featherweight final between Northeasterners Rony “Jason” Bezerra and Godofredo “Pepey” Castro, a heavyweight tilt between Brazilian grappler Fabricio Werdum and American Mike Russow, and an intriguing 145-pound affair pitting former Jungle Fight champ Iuri Alcantara against Nova Uniao newcomer Hacran Dias.

The six-bout undercard is heavy on competitors from “TUF Brazil,” including well-traveled featherweight Rodrigo Damm against Anistavio Medeiros and another ex-Jungle Fight titlist, bulked-up lightweight Francisco Drinaldo, against IFL vet Delson Heleno at middleweight.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Video: T.J. Dillashaw says Dominick Cruz has 'two more days to be relevant'

  • 28 days ago
  • 23 views

BOSTON – Dominick Cruz may not have lost the bantamweight title in the cage, but T.J. Dillashaw feels like his countdown to irrelevance is on.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Champ Jedrzejczyk, Gadelha announced as 'TUF 23' coaches, rematch on July 8

  • 26 days ago
  • 8 views

For just the second time in the history of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series female coaches will take the helm for two teams of up-and-coming fighters.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha Confirmed as TUF 23 Coaches, Will Fight at Finale

  • 26 days ago
  • 6 views

The twenty-third season of The Ultimate Fighter will feature UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha as coaches. read news >>

Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha Tapped as 'TUF 23' Coaches, Fight July 8

  • 26 days ago
  • 3 views

The rematch is set. Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha will happen, but everyone will have to wait a little bit before watching it go down. The two elite strawweights will coach the upcoming seas read news >>

Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha Tapped as 'TUF 23' Coaches, Fight July 8

  • 26 days ago
  • 0 views

The rematch is set. Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha will happen, but everyone will have to wait a little bit before watching it go down. The two elite strawweights will coach the upcoming seas read news >>

Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz have exchanged trash-talk by phone for years

  • 25 days ago
  • 38 views

Urijah Faber may have lost six consecutive title bouts, but that isn’t stopping him from thinking he’s in position to challenge newly crowned UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.Filed under: Feat read news >>

TUF LATAM 3 to be Filmed in Argentina

  • 25 days ago
  • 2 views

For the first time in its history, UFC®, the leading organization of mixed martial arts, will produce content in Argentina. Televisa and Mandarina TV, a local TV production company, will be responsib read news >>

'TUF: Latin America 3' to film in Argentina; tryouts open to male, female fighters

  • 24 days ago
  • 6 views

For the first time in company history, the UFC is heading to Argentina to produce TV programming.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Fireworks on display as dos Anjos/McGregor, Holm/Tate meet

  • 24 days ago
  • 0 views

The war of words has begun as UFC 197 headliners dos Anjos/McGregor and Holm/Tate met for first time. read news >>

UFC 196: Werdum vs. Velasquez 2 Extended Video Preview

  • 20 days ago
  • 101 views

Hear from UFC 196 headliners Fabricio Werdum, Cain Velasquez, Johny Hendricks, Stephen Thompson and UFC analyst Joe Rogan as they preview the fight card's big fights. read news >>