Thales Leites has been forced to pull out of his Feb. 2 fight against Nathan Marquardt due to a broken hand according to UFC.com
The middleweight is currently on a three-fight win streak in the Ultimate Fighting Championship with an overall record of 3-1 with his only loss coming at the hands of Martin Kampmann in his debut bout in the Octagon.
Leites was set for the biggest test of his career facing Marquardt who is coming off a loss to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, and with a win Leites may have been considered a top contender for the 185-pound divisional title.
According to the report on UFC.com, Leites will undergo surgery on the broken hand later this week to repair the injury.
No word has come from the UFC as far as a possible replacement for Leites in the bout with Marquardt in what was scheduled to be a main card bout for UFC 81.