It appears that heavyweight Cheick Kongo has been forced out of his UFC 116 scrap with Junior dos Santos due to a back injury. Although the contest was never officially announced, it appears the organization has already moved on and will now pit the talented Brazilian against Roy Big Country” Nelson at UFC 117 on August 7th instead.
MMAJunkie.com confirmed with a source close to the situation today that at least one of the fighters has verbally committed to the showdown.
Nelson owns a 15-4 overall record, however is a perfect 2-0 since entering the UFC. The 33-year-old was last seen putting 6-foot-11 Stefan Struve to sleep at “UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi” in March.
Dos Santos disposed of former top contender Gabriel Gonzaga that same evening in Broomfield, Colorado. The win bumped his record to a dominant 11-1, however what’s most impressive is that he’s finished in all five of his Octagon outings.
UFC 117 takes place inside the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is believed that a middleweight title scrap between champ Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen will headline the pay-per-view broadcast.