For the second time in as many days, Gunnar Nelson has a different opponent for his UFC on Fuel TV 5 bout.

Haraldur Dean Nelson, Gunnar Nelson’s father and head of ADCC Iceland, announced on Sunday that “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 cast member Rich Attonito would replace injured German boxer Pascal Krauss as an opponent for his son. On Monday, the UFC revealed that Attonito would not be taking the fight due to weight-cut concerns. Instead, “TUF 9” veteran DaMarques Johnson will square off with Nelson at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England on Sept. 29.

It was a training injury to Krauss that initially triggered the series of bout revisions. Krauss received a strong knee strike to the ribcage while sparring on Saturday morning and had to be rushed to the hospital after complaining of chest pain. Doctors at Freiburg University Hospital diagnosed severely bruised ribs, an inflamed chest muscle and a dislocated vertebra, rendering the 25-year-old “Panzer” unable to compete on Sept. 29.

“I can’t laugh, can’t cough, can’t talk loudly or sleep without waking up at least 10 times at night,” Krauss told “I tried getting over the pain using medication, but it was just too strong. I am devastated as it’s already the second time I had to cancel a fight due to injury. I apologize to Gunnar and his camp, I would have loved nothing more than being able to compete with him. I was looking forward to this fight so much.”

A 30-year-old representative of Elite Performance, Johnson will take the fight against Nelson on two weeks’ notice. “Darkness” was last seen in action in August, where he suffered a first-round knockout against Mike Swick at UFC on Fox 4.

Follow Tim Leidecker on Twitter at @TimLeidecker or contact him at

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

Related News

Richard Walsh meets Jonathan Meunier at UFC Fight Night 101 in Melbourne, Australia

  • 26 days ago

November’s UFC Fight Night 101 fight card has its latest fight for the “Land Down Under.” Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Erick Montano gets quick turnaround, meets Max Griffin at UFC Fight Night 98 in Mexico

  • 25 days ago

November’s UFC Fight Night 98 lineup has a new welterweight addition to the card.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Jeremy Kennedy replaces Arnold Allen in next week's UFC 204 main-card opener

  • 24 days ago

Mirsad Bektic will remain on next week’s UFC 204 lineup, after all.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Bader Replaces Gustafsson in Sao Paulo Main Event

  • 24 days ago

With Alexander Gustafsson forced to withdraw from his UFC Fight Night main event against Rogerio Nogueira due to injury, No. 4-ranked contender Ryan Bader has stepped up to face "Lil' Nog" in a read news >>

Lukasz Sajewski replaces Reza Madadi at Saturday's UFC 204

  • 23 days ago

After a late scratch, Marc Diakiese has a new opponent for Saturday’s UFC 204 event.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC's Josh Samman Remains in a Coma |

  • 22 days ago

Per an update from his mother, UFC middleweight Josh Samman remained in a Florida hospital in a coma, as of Sunday. read news >>

Zak Ottow replaces Michael Graves against Sergio Moraes at UFC Fight Night 100

  • 21 days ago

After an arrest forced Michael Graves from his UFC Fight Night 100 bout with Sergio Moraes, the promotion has named Zak Ottow as the Brazilian’s replacement opponent.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson 2 set for UFC 206 in Toronto

  • 20 days ago

Cormier meets Johnson in a rematch from their first fight in 2015. read news >>

Cage Warriors champ Jack Marshman vacates belt, meets Magnus Cedenblad at UFC Fight Night 99

  • 19 days ago

The UFC has the first Welsh fighter in its history, and he’s set to make his promotional debut next month in Northern Ireland.Filed under: Cage Warriors, News, UFC read news >>

Australia's Kyle Noke meets Dominique Steele at UFC Fight Night 101 in Melbourne

  • 19 days ago

The UFC’s November return to Australia continues to grow with the addition of a welterweight fight to the lineup featuring a home-country fan favorite. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>