Raphael Assuncao’s Ankle Injury Nixes Rematch with Urijah Faber

February 2, 2015
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The UFC Fight Night 62 main event bout between Urijah Faber and Raphael Assuncao has been scrapped.

The rematch had been set for the March 21 headliner at Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but Assuncao won’t be ready in time.

Urijah-Faber-009-WEC-31Having long been lined up for a shot at the UFC bantamweight title, Assuncao broke his ankle in December, which kept him for stepping into a shot at TJ Dillashaw after Dominick Cruz fell out of his challenge for the belt.

That same ankle injury will now keep Assuncao out of the rematch with Faber, according to an initial report from Brazilian outlet Globo.

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Faber won the initial match-up, submitting Assuncao by rear-naked choke at WEC 46 in January of 2010.

There has been no word yet on whether or not the UFC will be able to keep Faber on as the headliner and find him a new opponent, or if the promotion might enlist an entirely new bout to headline the Brazilian fight card.

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  • cheflacsto

    Cards falling apart left and right. That is the real problem with having so many shows. You have only one or two fights on the card and then you lose one.

  • Wolf Ticket

    They booked him like ten seconds after his injury was announced, and now they have to cancel the fight. What was that all about, couldn’t they wait a little bit?

  • shakejunt

    call cisco rivera, i’m sure he’d be interested in the rematch even if he has to fly down to brazil to take it.