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 Sherdog.com. “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.
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