UFC 133 has not been kind to the light heavyweights.
The organization announced last week that Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout with Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson on the preliminary card. Ironically, Matyushenko was UFC President Dana White’s next choice to face Rashad Evans in the main event of the card had Tito Ortiz not stepped in to replace the injured Phil Davis.
Matyushenko joins Davis and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on the list of light heavyweights who have been forced to withdraw from the event due to injury.
Matt “The Hammer” Hamill will fill in for Matyushenko to face Gustafsson. The preliminary card fight will air live on Spike TV before the pay-per-view telecast.
Hamill was riding a five-fight win streak before dropping a unanimous decision to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the main event of UFC 130 in May. Meanwhile, Gustafsson is coming off of back-to-back wins over Cyrille Diabaté and James Te-Huna at UFC 120 and UFC 127, respectively.
UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz takes place on August 6th from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.