UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson will go
off with one less fight than scheduled, as injuries have scuttled
the night’s only planned bantamweight bout between Johnny
Eduardo and Lucas Martins.
UFC officials confirmed to FOX Sports that both fighters were
out and no replacement match would be made for the prelim
Eduardo (26-9) has had several injury issues since joining the
promotion, pulling out of previous fights at UFC 139 and UFC 158.
Due to his health problems, he hasn’t fought since May 2012,
when he earned his sole UFC victory, a unanimous decision over Jeff
Martins (14-1) debuted with a loss to Edson Barboza last
January, but has since rebounded with a knockout of Jeremy Larsen
and a technical submission victory over Junior Hernandez, a bout
which marked his shift down two weight classes to 135. His matchup
with Eduardo was to be his fourth UFC bout of the year.
The Fight Night event wlll take place at Goiania Arena in
Goiania, Brazil. Aside from the matchup featuring legends Dan
Henderson and Vitor Belfort, the night will feature middleweights
Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira against Daniel Sarafian, and
welterweight prospect Brandon Thatch against Paulo Thiago.