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Chris Weidman Out; Costa Philippou Steps In to Face Tim Boetsch at UFC 155

Posted on by Damon Martin

A change has been made to a potential No. 1 contender’s bout at UFC 155 as Chris Weidman has been forced off the show with an undisclosed injury.

Stepping into replace him with be his teammate Costa Philippou, who now faces Tim Boetsch at UFC 155 in December.

Sources close to the contest confirmed the new bout and injury to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday with verbal agreements in place for the fight.

Weidman’s withdraw from the fight comes after a very tumultuous past few weeks for the New Yorker after his house was destroyed in the melee of Hurricane Sandy. The upheaval obviously didn’t help Weidman’s preparation for the fight, and now he’ll be forced to the sidelines for some time off to recover.

In his place, Weidman’s teammate Costa Philippou will get the chance to face Tim Boetsch at UFC 155 instead.

Philippou was scheduled to fight at last weekend’s UFC 154 card in Montreal, but opponent Nick Ring came down with the flu just hours before the scheduled bout and was deemed unable to perform.

Now Philippou will face Boetsch in a middleweight showdown at UFC 155.

The initial report about the switch came courtesy of Newsday.com.

  • bajafox

    Great…he was supposed to cement his #1 contender status, this will most likely put him farther back in line

    • http://www.facebook.com/mark.mcdowall.14 Mark McDowall

      Not sure how this would put him as #1…but it would certainly put him second in line without a doubt.

      • bajafox

        IMHO, a good win over Boetsch would have put him as one of the clear #1 contenders

        • El Gvapo

          Without doubt it would have. That’s why it’s so disappointing, one potential contender less in a thin division.

  • El Gvapo

    I was gonna make a smart-arsed remark about silva ducking him yet he ducks boetsch until I read about him losing his house. That must have been awful, don’t blame the guy from taking some time away.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mark.mcdowall.14 Mark McDowall

      He’s not pulling out of the fight because of loosing his house. Its because of a shoulder injury…commence smart-arsed comments!!

      • El Gvapo

        Yeah I see he has a shoulder injury but I wonder how severe it is. I’d imagine it would certainly hamper your recovery both mentally and physically if you didn’t have a house to live in. My point is that if he’s fully focused on fighting he may have soldiered on, the fact that he clearly cannot be focused for obvious reasons may have just exacerbated the injury. Or he may have legitimately have a serious injury. Either way it’s disappointing, I was looking forward to seeing him fight again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000493632092 Anthony Lopez

    He’ll just come back after all of this and demand an instant title shot lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/tony.le.547389 Tony Le

    omg this guy has been bitching and complaining about a title shot and now look what happen…

  • chuker

    I think they should have seen if wanderlai silva was available for Boetsch. If he had a good war with Wandy and won it would do a lot more for his name and help him sell fights, and if wanderlai won then all of a sudden he is back in the mix.

  • http://twitter.com/CombatScienceMA CombatScienceMMA

    I love Costa this fight is going to be sick. Best of luck to Weidman in recovery.

  • http://www.facebook.com/spooner901 Shawn Spooner Fitzgerald

    Why wasn’t Bisping offered the fight?

    • bajafox

      That’s true, a win would have backed up his claim to be in the mix and a loss wouldn’t have set him too far back. Some people think Boetsch is ranked higher than Bisping…this could have settled that discussion

  • Skatanicus

    This is a great matchup, one that should be much more exciting than Boetsch-Weidman. Philippou is now accelerating toward becoming a title contender, and will very likely be the favorite against Boetsch, and could be meeting a big name if he takes a win.