The Ultimate Fighting Championship today announced, via their official website, that American Top Team fighter Wilson Gouveia has been forced to withdraw from his proposed UFC 76 bout “due to a broken nose suffered in training.”
Gouveia was scheduled to face Jason Lambert at the Honda Center on Sept. 22 in Anaheim, Calif., site of the UFC’s next pay-per-view effort.
The UFC also stated that, “the intriguing 205-pound matchup is expected to be rescheduled in the future, and due to time constraints in finding a suitable opponent for Lambert, the UFC 76 card will now feature eight bouts.”
Earlier media reports had mistakenly identified Lambert as the injured fighter.
Gouveia currently holds a 9-4 professional fight record and was looking to extend his three-fight winning streak. 23-6 as a professional, Lambert last defeated Renato “Babalu” Sobral at UFC 68 in Columbus, Ohio after having been derailed late last year by Rashad Evans.
The UFC 76 fight card for Sept. 22 in Anaheim currently stands as follows:
Chuck Liddell vs. Keith Jardine
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Forrest Griffin
Diego Sanchez vs. Jon Fitch
Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Lyoto Machida
Tyson Griffin vs. Thiago Tavares
Justin McCully vs. Christian Wellisch
Diego Saraiva vs. Jeremy Stephens
Matt Wiman vs. Michihiro Omigawa