Despite a disappointing trip to England that resulted in no fight, Anthony Njokuani is keeping in good spirits and hopes to reschedule his bout with Paul Taylor as soon as possible.
Njokuani and Taylor were set to square off as part of the main card for UFC 138 this weekend in England, but Taylor was involved in a car accident late Monday night that resulted in him suffering a severe case of whiplash.
Taylor was forced off the card and because of the extreme late nature of it happening, the UFC was unable to secure a replacement and Njokuani was pulled as well.
“I was very excited for the opportunity to fight in the UK. Unfortunately a situation outside of our control has caused the bout to be scrapped. I am sure Paul was excited to fight on his own soil so I feel for him as well,” Njokuani told MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday.
Njokuani was entering the bout after an exciting performance in which he showcased three rounds of domination against another British fighter in Andre Winner.
The always exciting fighter who trains out of Las Vegas won’t sit back and relax however. He plans on staying in training and all signs are pointing towards his fight with Taylor getting rescheduled as soon as the Brit is healthy again.
“Anthony is ready to get back in the Octagon and show off some new tricks. He has been working on expanding his ground game and adding to his already dynamic stand up. We look forward to getting this bout re-scheduled ASAP,” said Njokuani’s manager Oren Hodak from Knock Out Representation,
While several of the UFC cards are filled up through the end of 2011, the UFC 141 show to close out the year still seems to have room for another fight.
If Taylor can make it back in time and will be healthy, the addition of that lightweight match-up would make a welcome entry to the Dec 30 show.
Njokuani will remain in England through the weekend to enjoy UFC 138 and then head back home to Las Vegas to get back in training and wait for UFC matchmaker Joe Silva to make the call to get him back in action.