Back Injury Forces Matt Wiman Out of UFC Fight Night 62

February 11, 2015

A back injury has forced Matt Wiman out of his UFC Fight Night 62 bout against Leonardo SantosTony Martin has already agreed to step in for him, UFC officials announced on Wednesday.

Wiman returned to the Octagon late last year after more than a year and a half on the sidelines, winning a unanimous decision over Isaac Vallie-Flagge. His next trip to the Octagon will have to wait, however, after he injured his back.

Matt WimanIt was the latest blow to a card that just recently lost its original main event. Raphael Assuncao had to withdraw from his UFC Fight Night 62 headlining bout with Urijah Faber after he found out that his broken ankle wouldn’t be fully healed in time. Instead of keeping Faber on the card, UFC officials promoted a welterweight bout between Demian Maia and Ryan LaFlare to main event status.

UFC Fight Night 62 takes place on March 21 at the Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro. It will air live on FOX Sports 1 in the United States.

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Martin (9-2) quickly agreed to step in for Wiman. He’ll be trying to build some momentum. He is coming off of a win over Fabricio Camoes after having lost his first two bouts in the Octagon.

He faces no easy task stepping in against Santos on the Brazilian’s home turf. Santos (13-3-1) is 2-0-1 in the Octagon, having won the second season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil. He most recently won a unanimous decision over Efrain Escudero.

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