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Rory MacDonald, Carlos Condit, Marc Ratner: The Morning News Roundup – 2.19.13

Last year injuries decimated UFC card after UFC card, leaving us with match-ups that were dramatically less appealing than the fighter-versus-fighter permutations that had originally been promised. What brought about the sudden influx of injuries? Was it fighters taking advantage of Zuffa’s new health insurance coverage? A gypsy curse? Simply bad luck? Whatever it was, the spate of dashed match-ups seemed to have abated for a while – that is, until last night, when it was announced that Rory MacDonald injured himself and would be unable to Carlos Condit at UFC 158. Oh noes! Here we go again! Here’s your news!

• A neck and back injury is what did MacDonald in. Who to replace him? Johny Hendricks. Unfortunately, with Hendricks taking on Condit, that would leave Jake Ellenberger without a dance partner. Enter: Nate Marquardt.

• Hey, did you know UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner reviews the judges the UFC uses?

• In case you missed it, here’s the New York Times rapping about the beef between the UFC and Bellator. Some interesting stuff there.

• And the winner of the first sanctioned pro MMA show in New York is…