A lightweight matchup between Vagner Rocha (11-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Joe Ellenberger (14-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been scrapped just three days before it was set to take place.
UFC officials on Wednesday announced that Rocha suffered an injury in training and was forced to withdraw from this weekend’s UFC 172 event. Without time to find a suitable replacement opponent for Ellenberger, the bout was scrapped.
UFC 172 takes place at Maryland’s Baltimore Arena. The pay-per-view main card follows prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. Ellenberger vs. Rocha was set to take place on FOX Sports 1. That slot will now be filled by Charlie Brenneman vs. Danny Castillo, which was expected to stream on the UFC Fight Pass portion of the event.
Rocha is a Bellator MMA and Strikeforce vet who went 1-2 in his first UFC stint back in 2012. However, since then, the Brazilian has posted a 4-0 record with three submission victories. A timetable for his return wasn’t immediately established.
Rocha was actually serving as a replacement for Yancy Medeiros, who was pulled from the fight in favor of a UFC 172 matchup with Jim Miller, who was in need of an opponent after Bobby Green had to withdraw from the event.
A UFC official confirmed that both Ellenberger and Rocha will still received their guaranteed “show” money despite the fight being scratched. Additionally, with three other lightweight bouts on the UFC 172 lineup, Ellenberger will still be prepared to make weight at Friday’s official ceremony and serve as an alternate should any other late replacements be needed.
Rocha you duncecap, f**k is wrong with you going full tilt on fight week?
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How does someone get hurt on fight week?
He may have slipped on some pipes...
Too bad coz i wanted to see Jack's brother.
I blame Crossfit.
XxLiveBaitxX - Rocha you duncecap, f**k is wrong with you going full tilt on fight week?Was probably an injury he unsuccessfuly tried to hide from the commission.
HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe -XxLiveBaitxX - Rocha you duncecap, f**k is wrong with you going full tilt on fight week?Was probably an injury he unsuccessfuly tried to hide from the commission.
You're right, it probably was brought forward during a pre-fight med. examination.
a call bullsit unless we see some xrays or something...
there should some sort of penalty for things like this.
Ellenberger should get his win money as well, as he wasn't hurt and did nothing to deserve not being able to fight.
jfw jr - Ellenberger should get his win money as well, as he wasn't hurt and did nothing to deserve not being able to fight.I'm sure uncle Dana will take care of him.
He will. He is an alternate for the show, so he may earn a better check if he fights and wins.
The article says they both will get show money.
Didn't Kampmann or gustaffson get a huge gaping cut the week of one of their fights?
GROUNDnLB - Didn't Kampmann or gustaffson get a huge gaping cut the week of one of their fights?
Those darn banana peels.
Dameontheman - He may have slipped on some pipes...
From what I heard his feet went above his head.
Cerrone wants it!