vaughan-lee-7.jpgThe highly anticipated UFC debut of Sergio Pettis will see a change less than two weeks before the fight.

An injury has knocked Vaughan Lee (13-9-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC) from his bantamweight fight against Pettis (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) next week at UFC 167. Sources close to the promotion on Tuesday confirmed the news to MMAjunkie.com. The UFC is actively seeking a replacement for Lee, but has not made an official announcement of the injury yet.

UFC 167 takes place Nov. 16 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and serves as the promotion’s 20th anniversary show. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and MMAjunkie.com. The Lee-Pettis fight was slated for the preliminary-card stream on MMAjunkie.com.

Pettis, the younger brother of UFC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis, is unbeaten in his MMA career. Like Anthony, Sergio is a fixture at the Roufusport gym in Milwaukee. In late September, Pettis submitted James Porter in the first round of a North American Fighting Championship event in his home city of Milwaukee. In June, he stopped Dillard Pegg with a first-round TKO to win Resurrection Fighting Alliance’s flyweight title. But for his move to the UFC, he decided to remain at bantamweight, where he was for the Porter fight.

Lee was looking to rebound from a first-round submission loss to Raphael Assuncao at June’s “UFC on FUEL TV 10: Nogueira vs. Werdum 2? event. While Lee has also fallen short against top contenders T.J. Dillashaw and Chris Cariaso, he does boast UFC victories over Motonobu Tezuka and MMA legend Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto.

With the change to the card, the UFC 167 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:45 p.m. ET)

For more on UFC 167, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Vaughan Lee)

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

Related News

UFC Fight Night 104 video highlights: Volkan Oezdemir vs. Ovince Saint Preux

  • 19 days ago
  • 12 views

Volkan Oezdemir took a short-notice fight against a highly regarded light heavyweight opponent in Ovince Saint Preux for his UFC debut. He left “OSP” wondering what just happened. Filed under: News, read news >>

Video replay: Michael Chiesa, Sergio Pettis Q&A session at UFC Fight Night 105 in Halifax

  • 6 days ago
  • 5 views

HALIFAX – Did you miss today’s UFC Q&A session with Michael Chiesa and Sergio Pettis in Canada? Check out a video replay of the fan event in Halifax.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Bellator 172 main event between Fedor Emelianenko, Matt Mitrione scratched

  • 6 days ago
  • 31 views

The highly anticipated Bellator debut of Fedor Emelianenko will have to wait.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News read news >>

UFC Halifax Q&A with Brian Stann, Sergio Pettis and Michael Chiesa Replay | MMAWeekly.com

  • 6 days ago
  • 4 views

Former fighter turned broadcaster Brian Stann, flyweight contender Sergio Pettis, and lightweight contender Michael Chiesa fielded questions from the fans. read news >>

Sergio Pettis taking his time before challenging UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson

  • 2 days ago
  • 11 views

HALIFAX – The UFC has a history of throwing contenders at UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson before many beleived they were ready to face the pound-for-pound king. Sergio Pettis doesn’t want t read news >>

UFC 209 Card Finalized with Heavyweight Replacement and Two New Bouts | MMAWeekly.com

  • a day ago
  • 157 views

The UFC 209 fight card was finalized on Thursday when the promotion confirmed one replacement fighter and added two new bouts to the event. read news >>

Surging UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis explains why he wants hard-hitting Mark Hunt next

  • a day ago
  • 16 views

For the next three months, Derrick Lewis is treating the UFC like his “side chick.” But when he starts taking phone calls from the promotion, he hopes to hear Mark Hunt will be his next opponent. Fil read news >>

'The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America' vets Enrique Barzola and Gabriel Benitez meet at UFC 211 in Dallas

  • a day ago
  • 5 views

A pair of former contestants on “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America,” including one season winner, will meet at UFC 211 in Dallas.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson Erupt into Epic Trash Talk (UFC 209 Media Call) | MMAWeekly.com

  • a day ago
  • 61 views

The main event and co-main event fighters of UFC 209 fielded questions from the media on Thursday surrounding their March 4 title fights. read news >>

UFC champ Tyron Woodley halts best ever talk: I can't look past Stephen Thompson rematch

  • a day ago
  • 3 views

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has shut down all talk of super fights ahead of his UFC 209 rematch with Stephen Thompson.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>