Brazilian featherweight Hacran Dias has suffered an injury in training and has been forced to withdraw from a planned UFC Fight Night 34 bout with Tatsuya Kawajiri.
MMAjunkie.com today learned of the scratch from sources close to the event. A search is currently underway for a replacement opponent, though UFC executives have yet to make an official announcement.
Featuring a welterweight headliner between former Strikeforce champ Tarec Saffiedine and Korean contender Hyun Gyu Lim, UFC Fight Night 34 takes place Jan. 4 at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.
Kawajiri (32-7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has fought outside of Asia just once – a 2011 Strikeforce loss to Gilbert Melendez for the now-defunct promotion’s lightweight title. That fight resulted in a first-round TKO loss in San Diego.
Since then, Kawajiri has won five straight fights for DREAM, as well as ONE FC, with four coming by stoppage. In 2011, after the loss to Melendez, he stopped Drew Fickett with punches and submitted Joachim Hansen and Kazuyuki Miyata.
Meanwhile, Dias (21-2-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is a 29-year-old Brazilian who trains at Nova Uniao alongside UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and interim bantamweight title holder Renan Barao. “Barnabe” made his UFC debut in June 2012 with a decision win over Yuri Alcantara. However, he recently suffered a decision loss to Nik Lentz in May, snapping a nine-fight win streak.
Dias was expected to fight at October’s UFC Fight Night 29 event, but opponent Rodrigo Damm was forced to withdraw from the matchup days before the event, and the bout was scrapped.
A timetable for his return wasn’t immediately established.
Guess so. Hacran Dias looks to be injured.
Great find. Thanks for posting.
This card was not good from the beginning, but there were 3 things I was looking forward to:
Ellenberger vs Saffiedine
Jake replaced with Lim, still a good fight and Lim is fun to watch but I was looking forward to Jake's bounceback fight.
Kawajiri vs Dias
Still get Kawajiri's hopefully but this fight would have been awesome and now it's not happening which sucks.
Still get that, but knowing this card's luck he or his opponent will get hurt.
This is the first card of 2014, hopefully this isn't a bad omen for the rest of the year.
Jackson has passed away
RIP the King of Pop Michael
Why the question mark?
Kneeblock - That sucks. Hacran vs. Kawajiri had sleeper fight of the year written all over it.
Agreed, fireworks fight right there.
Intentional mispelling of DiaS is intentional.
Why the question mark?
Crap, just noticed them. Too late to change.
VTFD internationally misspelling faggot
whitejoe - VTFD internationally misspelling faggotOh the ironing!!!
WeidmanforPresident -I don't think you're too far off. Aren't Oxygen and free radicals or some shit what cause the ageing process? Like inflammation?
RyannVonDoom -Ha!whitejoe - VTFD internationally misspelling faggotOh the ironing!!!