The injury bug has it bad for the UFC, as the fourth proposed main event for UFC 108 has been scrapped.
UFC President Dana White announced at tonight’s UFC 105 post-fight press conference that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is once again suffering from a severe staph infection, and will have to bow out of his fight with Cain Velasquez at UFC 108.
Nogueira had just gotten over a staph infection last year before his bout with Frank Mir at UFC 92. The infection was not made public until months after the fight, when Nogueira stated he had the staph infection 20 days before the fight, and had to spend 5 days in the hospital. Despite that, Nogueira went on to face Mir and ended up getting dominated, and dropped the UFC interim heavyweight championship to Mir in the process. Nogueira isn’t about to make that mistake again.
“(It’s) bad, to the point now that it’s in his bloodstream,” White stated after UFC 105, according to TSN. “He’s probably going to have to be hospitalized and intravenously given antibiotics.”
This is the fourth potential main event that has been scrapped for the card, as Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort, Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin and Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua were all scheduled for that date.
“It’s crazy,” White admitted. “In nine years of being in this business, we haven’t had this many injuries in one year.”
While a Shane Carwin – Cain Velasquez bout, which was originally slated for UFC 104 until Carwin got the nod to face Lesnar, would make sense, White noted that Carwin is recovering from knee surgery and wouldn’t be able to make the event.
Stay tuned to FightLine.com for further updates on UFC 108.