UFC on FX 7 Update: Justin Salas Sidelined, Edson Barboza to Face Newcomer Lucas Martins



Lightweight Justin Salas has suffered an undisclosed training injury and will no longer face Edson Barboza at UFC on FX 7.

UFC officials announced Wednesday that Salas has been removed from the card, and that Barboza will instead face unbeaten newcomer Lucas 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 Jamie 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 last January.

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 Oberdan Vieira Tenorio with a head-kick knockout.

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

Related News

  • 14 days ago
  • 6 views

Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Thiago Tavares looked to earn a victory inside the Octagon as he used his ground skills against contender Justin Salas at UFC Fight Night 32. read news >>

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC lightweight contender T.J. Grant, whose title hopes were delayed when he suffered a concussion during a 2013 training session, could return to the cage as soon as this fall.Filed under: MMA Rumor read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 28 views

Kevin Lee will meet Jon Tuck in a lightweight contest at UFC 178 in Las Vegas. read news >>

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 views

Jon Jones suffered a leg injury while training for his main event title fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 178. The fight has been pushed back to Jan. 3 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. read news >>

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 views

Following an injury to Valerie Letourneau, replacement Larissa Pacheco will make her Ultimate Fighting Championship debut against Jessica Andrade at UFC Fight Night “Bigfoot vs. Arlovski” read news >>

  • 7 days ago
  • 2 views

Are you a lightweight fighter who wants a shot in the UFC and are willing to step into a possible pay-per-view main-card slot on nine days’ notice? If so, read on.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 views

Andre Fili has suffered an undisclosed injury and is officially out of his bout with Sean Soriano at UFC Fight Night “Mousasi vs. Jacare 2” on Sept. 5. Chas Skelly will fill in against So read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 70 views

A loaded UFC 178 lineup could get even more interesting, as a bout between streaking lightweight Donald Cerrone and Bellator 155-pound kingpin Eddie Alvarez has been targeted for the Sept. 27 event. read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 45 views

Could Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez be UFC bound? According to Sherdog.com, a bout between Alvarez and Donald Cerrone is being targeted for UFC 178 Sept. 27 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Source read news >>