With Francisco Rivera Injured, Hugo ‘Wolverine’ Gets T.J. Dillashaw at UFC on Fox 7


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

Francisco Rivera has suffered an injury and will be unable to meet Hugo Viana at UFC on Fox 7.

UFC officials announced the news Friday, revealing that Viana will now face Team Alpha Male standout T.J. Dillashaw at the April 20 event, which takes place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The UFC on Fox 7 main card airs live on Fox’s flagship network and is headlined by a lightweight championship showdown between reigning king Benson Henderson and former Strikeforce titlist Gilbert Melendez.

Known as Hugo “Wolverine” in his native Brazil, Viana has yet to taste defeat as a professional. The “TUF: Brazil” alum made his official promotional debut last June, taking a split decision from fellow castmate John Teixeira da Conceicao at UFC 147 before earning a devastating first-round knockout over Reuben Duran on Dec. 15 at the “TUF 16” finale.

Dillashaw, meanwhile, returns to the Octagon fresh off a second-round drubbing of Issei Tamura at UFC 158. The victory marked the third straight win for the 27-year-old, who earned one-sided victories over Walel Watson and Vaughan Lee in his two in-cage appearances last year. Dillashaw has suffered just one setback in eight career outings, falling by knockout to John Dodson at the “TUF 14” finale in December 2011.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 25 days ago
  • 58 views

The UFC has signed two more women’s strawweight prospects, and they’ll meet later this month in California. Joanna Jedrzejczyk will meet Juliana Carneiro Lima in San Jose.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC more

  • 17 days ago
  • 59 views

A highly anticipated lightweight contest has been scrapped, as Michael Johnson has been forced to withdraw from a planned UFC on FOX 12 bout with Josh Thomson.Filed under: News, UFC more

  • 17 days ago
  • 31 views

Lightweight bouts between Bobby Green and Abel Trujillo, as well asMichael Johnson and Josh Thomson are no more. more

  • 17 days ago
  • 19 views

UFC lightweight Michael Johnson (15-8 MMA, 7-4 UFC) has pulled out of his fight with Josh Thomson (20-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at UFC on Fox 12 with an injury. MMAJunkie.com reported the news on Friday. Update: UFC.com has reported that Bobby Green will be stepping up on short-notice to face Thomson. Green was originally slated to face Abel Trujillo, in a fight that was moved from UFC 176 to UFC Fight Night 47 in Bangor, Maine. The card, which is headlined by a welterweight showdown between top contender more

  • 4 days ago
  • 2 views

Josh Thomson talks with the media at UFC on FOX 12 in San Jose about his near retirement and the rigors of preparing for his fight with Bobby Green. more

  • 3 days ago
  • 5 views

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira believes his bout with Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at UFC on Fox 12 is the “perfect matchup” to reintroduce himself as one of the premier contenders at 205 pounds. After being sidelined for over a year with a lingering back injury, the MMA legend will make his long-awaited UFC return on Saturday night at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. When speaking with Bleacher Report, the man known as “Lil Nog” could hardly contain his excitement to finally be able to fight again more

  • 3 days ago
  • 8 views

Dennis Bermudez is riding a six-fight win streak heading into his bout against veteran Clay Guida at UFC on FOX 12. A win over his well-established opponent could do big things for "The Menace" and his standing in the division, and this should be a great fight. Long winning streaks are very difficult to put together, much less when every single one of those bouts has been in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Usually, stringing together four or more victories could mean being placed in (or ne more

  • 2 days ago
  • 30 views

Kyle Kingsbury returned to the Octagon at UFC on Fox 12 against Pat Cummins in what was likely a do-or-die situation. Over the course of 15 minutes, Cummins brutalized Kingsbury with his high level of wrestling en route to a unanimous decision victory. more

  • 2 days ago
  • 23 views

Bobby Green punked Josh Thomson on his home turf at UFC on FOX 12 in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday night, taking a split-decision victory over the former Strikeforce champ. more