Various media outlets are reporting that former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk has been injured during training and will be forced to pull out of his UFC 104 bout against Gleison Tibau. Sherk’s agent, Monte Cox, confirmed that an injured shoulder will keep him out of training for four weeks.
Sherdog.com is reporting that UFC veteran Josh Neer will be replacing Sherk at UFC 104. Neer is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Kurt Pellegrino UFC 101 this past August. Tibau is also looking to rebound off a loss, as he suffered a controversial split-decision loss to Melvin Guillard at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale in June.
The originally scheduled bout between Sherk and Tibau was slated to appear on the main card, but with the sudden replacement of a former champion, it seems more than likely that the bout will be moved to the undercard. It’ll be interesting to see if the UFC will move the Yushin Okami vs. Chael Sonnen bout to the televised portion of the card.
UFC 104 takes place on October 24th from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The event is headlined by a light heavyweight championship bout between champion Lyoto Machida and challenger Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.