Nick Catone has been forced to withdraw from a planned bout with Aaron Simpson at UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard lll.
“The Jersey Devil” is 3-2 in his UFC career and 9-2 overall, holding wins over Constantinos Phillippou and Jesse Forbes in his last two fights inside the Octagon.
Prior to his recent win streak, Catone dropped the first to fights of his pro career to Mark Munoz and Tim Credeur.
“I’ve been knocked down many times, and I always fight to get back up. It’s just another hurdle that I’ll have to overcome! I’ll be back!!” Catone wrote on his Twitter account.
Catone went on to write that he has torn his Achilles tendon completely while doing sprints in training and will need to have surgery to re-attach it.
Simpson (9-2), a former All-American wrestler at Arizona State University, has also won his last two UFC fights after dropping a pair of bouts. Simpson topped Brad Taveres and Mario Miranda already this year after falling to Munoz and Chris Leben for his first two career defeats in 2010.
It is unknown if the UFC will try to find a replacement for Catone to face Simpson, or just take Simpson off the card completely.
UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard lll is headlined by a lightweight championship match between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. Featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his title against Kenny Florian in the co-main event from Houston, Texas.