Salas has suffered an undisclosed training injury and will no
longer face Edson
UFC on FX 7.
UFC officials announced Wednesday that Salas has been removed from
the card, and that Barboza will instead face unbeaten newcomer
Martins when the Octagon touches down in Sao Paulo, Brazil,
later this month.
UFC on FX 7 takes place Jan. 19 at Geraldo Jose de Almeida
Gymnasium and will be headlined by a middleweight showdown between
Brazilian veteran Vitor
Belfort and England’s Michael
Bisping. The event marks the promotion’s first visit to Sao
Paulo since “Ultimate Brazil” in October 1998.
Barboza, 26, will look to rebound from the first loss of his
career, a stunning TKO upset at the hands of former WEC champ
Varner last May. The Rio de Janeiro-born striker had previously
run up a 10-0 record, including his “Knockout of the Year”-winning
performance against Terry Etim
A native of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, 24-year-old
“Mineiro” Martins has accumulated 12 wins in just 15 months as a
professional. The Chute Boxe representative fought 10 times in
2012, finishing all but one of his opponents. His most recent bout
came under the banner of top Brazilian promotion Jungle Fight,
where Martins in December halted the 10-fight unbeaten streak of
Vieira Tenorio with a head-kick knockout.