MMAJunkie.com is reporting that Brad Pickett has been forced out of his planned UFC 130 bout against Miguel Torres with an undisclosed injury and has been replaced by Demetrious Johnson.
Pickett last appeared in action against Ivan Menjivar this past December at WEC 53, walking away from the bout with a unanimous decision victory.
Demetrious Johnson has put together an impressive three-fight winning streak by racking up wins over Nick Pace, Damacio Page and Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto — the latter of which coming in his UFC debut. Sporting a record of 9-1, Johnson has made his name on triumphing over larger opponents with speed and relentlessness. In his most recent appearance, which came at UFC 126 this past February, Johnson took out well-respected veteran Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto via dominant unanimous decision in what was his first appearance in the UFC.
A former WEC bantamweight champion, Miguel Torres has rebounded from two disappointing, consecutive stoppage losses to Brian Bowles and Joseph Benavidez by taking out Charlie Valencia and Antonio Banuelos. Crediting his career resurgence to a revamped training training regimen and the inclusion of top-notch coaches like Firas Zahabi, Torres most recently appeared in action making his UFC debut against Banuelos — a fight he won via unanimous decision — also at UFC 126.
UFC 130: Edgar vs. Maynard 3 is scheduled to go down on May 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.