Raphael Assuncao is coming back but not for a title fight
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UFC matchmakers didn’t have a ton of new fights to announce this week outside of a few preliminary bouts on some upcoming cards, but the injury bug bit quite a few competitors over the last week.
Most notably at the top of the UFC Fight Night on FOX Sports 1 card in Bangor, Maine as a new co-main event came together when Abel Trujillo was forced out of his scheduled bout against Ross Pearson last minute before the show. Now Pearson will face two-time title contender Gray Maynard in a lightweight bout on the card.
Also, Urijah Faber was forced out of his scheduled bout at UFC Fight Night in Japan and he will be replaced by his last opponent, Alex Caceres, who now meets Masanori Kanehara on September 20.
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The full slate of fight announcements and replacements for the week ending on August 9 are listed below:
UFC Fight Night on FOX Sports 1: Bader vs. St-Preux in Bangor, Maine on August 16
Ross Pearson vs. Gray Maynard
UFC Fight Night on FOX Sports 1: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos in Tulsa, Oklahoma on August 23
Jordan Mein vs. Mike Pyle
UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson in Saitama, Japan on September 20
Alex Caceres vs. Masanori Kanehara
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Amir Sadollah
UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story in Stockholm, Swedon on October 4
MAIN EVENT: Gunnar Nelson vs. Rick Story
Cathal Pendred vs. Gasan Umalatov
Alexander Yakovlev vs. Nico Musoke
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Tor Troeng
UFC Fight Night on FOX Sports 1: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada on October 4