Up-and-coming Brazilian bantamweight fighter Johnny Eduardo made his UFC debut at UFC 134 this past summer, facing off against his fellow countryman Raphael Assuncao on the preliminary card of the promotion’s wildly successful return to Brazil. Eduardo lost a unanimous decision to Assuncao that night and was hoping to get back in the cage soon to get a victory inside the Octagon.
He was scheduled to face Michal MacDonald this month at UFC 139, but Tatame has reported that the 33-year-old has injured his shoulder in training and has been forced from the fight as a result.
“I was training hard, super confident, but I hurt my left shoulder defending a takedown last week and felt too much pain. Dede (Andre Pederneiras) sent me to the doctor, who asked for a MRI,” Eduardo told Tatame. “It’s 20 sessions (of rehab) before heading back to the doctor and reevaluate if I’m going to need more sessions on my shoulder or if I’ll be able to return to training. Unfortunately, I’m out of the fight. Actually, I don’t know if they’re going to postpone the bout or just find a replacement. It’s better to wait and fight with no injuries.”
Eduardo sports a record of 25-9, compiled almost entirely on home soil; he’s pulled in six victories by KO/TKO, thirteen by submission and six by decision. His loss to Assuncao broke a ten-fight winning streak.
UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson goes down on November 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.