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

On The Rise: UFC 201 Edition

  • 27 days ago
  • 0 views

While they aren’t established names now – or lost some momentum after a hot start a couple years ago in one instance – these are three fighters fans could be hearing a lot more from in the next year, read news >>

UFC 201 Is Another Night in the Lost Reign of Robbie Lawler

  • 26 days ago
  • 89 views

If a Robbie Lawler opponent falls but no one is watching, does he make a sound? If you’re one of the ones who has been watching the past few years, you’d probably say so. They tend to grunt or groan read news >>

UFC 201 Fighter Salaries: Robbie Lawler Tops Payroll, Even in Defeat

  • 23 days ago
  • 89 views

Robbie Lawler lost the welterweight title at UFC 201, but he still topped the disclosed UFC 201 fighter payroll. read news >>

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Tony Ferguson Confirmed TUF Latin America 3 Finale Headliner

  • 22 days ago
  • 10 views

The UFC confirmed on Tuesday night that a lightweight showdown between Rafael dos Anjos and Tony Ferguson will headline TUF Latin America 3 Finale. read news >>

Injuries Force Changes to Brasilia Card

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 views

Injuries have forced some changes to the UFC Fight Night card in Brasilia, Brazil on September 24. read news >>

Where Are They Now? Episode 6: Shonie Carter

  • 11 days ago
  • 34 views

Shonie Carter showed up to the Comeback season of TUF with a suitcase of neon shirts and an even louder personality. What’s he been doing since? read news >>

UFC 202 Embedded, Episode 1: Conditioning for Combat

  • 10 days ago
  • 49 views

UFC 202 headliners Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz get in their final hard conditioning sessions while Antony Johnson and Glover Teixeira do the same. read news >>

Several Injuries Force Changes to UFC Fight Night 95: Cyborg vs. Lansberg Card

  • 10 days ago
  • 20 views

Several injuries have forced a shake up to the UFC Fight Night 95: Cyborg vs. Lansberg fight card in Brasilia, Brazil. read news >>

UFC 202 Pre-Fight Press Conference Video Replay: McGregor and Diaz Camp Have Altercation

  • 8 days ago
  • 38 views

The headliners of Saturday's UFC 202 pay-per-view event, Nate Diaz, Conor McGregor, Anthony Johnson, and Glover Teixeira, fielded questions from the media on Wednesday. read news >>

UFC 204: Bisping vs. Henderson 2 Press Conference Video Replay

  • 6 days ago
  • 15 views

The headliners of UFC 204, Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson, fielded questions from the media on Friday in Las Vegas. read news >>