by Al Yu and Ken Pishna, MMAWeekly.com (Photo courtesy of www.griffonrawl-ohio.com)
MMAWeekly has learned that Jason Reinhardt has sustained an apparent neck injury and will not be able to make his UFC debut against Roger Huerta. Taking Reinhardt’s place will be Jason Dent (12-6). Dent is coming off of a win over Kolo Koka in the co-main event of ICON Sport – Mayhem vs Lawler.
Dent received a call late last night by his manager. Having just fought at ICON Sport, Dent will be taking this fight on very short notice. “I obviously would like more time to prepare but I feel confident in my skills and I am coming of a big win at SuperBrawl against their hometown favorite,” said Jason. “As far as current preparations go I will be eating extremely healthy, sweating my ass off and getting my timing down.”
When asked about the opportunity to fight in the UFC, Dent commented, “It feels awesome I must say. However I am not surprised as it has been a long time coming but I am very, very excited.”
Regarding his opponent Huerta, Dent commented, “I think [my game] stacks up well. I am pretty good on my feet and even better on the ground, so I am ready. If he wants to stand great and if he wants to take it to the ground, even better.”
UFC 63 takes place in Anaheim, California on Saturday September 23. The event will be headline by a rematch between Matt Hughes and BJ Penn. Also on the card, the return of UFC’s only former Lightweight Champion, Jens “Little Evil” Pulver.