CALGARY - Calgary's cursed UFC 149 card later this month has been hit again.
The UFC announced Tuesday welterweight Claude Patrick has suffered a knee injury and will be replaced by Brian Ebersole on the July 21 card at the Saddledome. Ebersole, who beat T.J. Waldburger by unanimous decision at UFC on FX 4 June 22, will face James Head in a bout added to the main card.
Welterweight Siyar Bahadurzada was forced this past weekend to pull out of his fight with Canadian Chris Clements, and will be replaced by Matthew Riddle.
“It’s disappointing for UFC Canada, just the same for our office in Las Vegas, as well as the fighters and our fans, as well,” said Steve Keogh, UFC Canada’s director of public and media relations. “This is an anomaly.
“The good news is we are the best promotion in the world and have the best fighters in the world, so we are able to substitute these injured fighters for world-class athletes.”
Every one of the original fights announced for the card back in May has been changed by injury.
Ebersole (50-14-1 in his MMA career and 4-0 in the UFC) will have a quick turnaround, but Keogh insisted he’ll entertain the Calgary fans.
“He hasn’t lost since 2008,” Keogh said. “He’s entertaining, too. He’s a character. As much as it hurts to lose Claude Patrick, we’re very excited to see Brian Ebersole step in.”
The list of fighters who have been forced out of the Calgary card due to injury includes featherweight champion Jose Aldo, heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, light-heavyweight Thiago Silva, middleweight Michael Bisping and welterweights Thiago Alves and Yoshihiro Akiyama.