Rich Attonito is injured and will be unable to face Rick Story at UFC on FX 4 this summer as planned; Papy Abedi will step up to face Abedi in his place.
Abedi (8-2) has had a rough go of it since joining the UFC’s welterweight ranks, having lost to Thiago Alves by submission in his promotional debut and then losing again by submission to James Head in front of a hometown crowd at UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva in Sweden.
After losing a decision to John Hathaway in his UFC debut, Story (13-5) went on a six-fight run that featured wins over Johny Hendricks and Thiago Alves and got people talking about a title shot. Nate Marquardt’s last-minute forced removal from their UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry fight last June saw Story face replacement opponent Charlie Brenneman, to whom he lost a unanimous decision. Story’s luck didn’t change his next time out either, as he was beaten by unanimous decision again in his most recent fight (at UFC 139 this past November) by Martin Kampmann.
UFC on FX 4: Maynard vs. Guida will take place on June 22 from the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.