by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com (additional reporting by Steven Marrocco)
The seemingly cursed UFC 108 card took yet another hit on Wednesday as former lightweight champion Sean Sherk was forced off the show with a laceration requiring stitches over his eye. Stepping in to replace him will be Duane “Bang” Ludwig who returns to the UFC for the first time since 2006 to take on Jim Miller in a 155-pound contest.
The news of Sherk’s replacement was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Wednesday evening.
Sources indicated to MMAWeekly.com that Sherk was forced off the card due to an inch-long cut suffered over his right eye in training. The wound required several stitches that would not come out until at least the middle of next week.
An experienced fighter who has competed in several top organizations, Ludwig returns to the UFC on short notice to fill in for a card that has seen more injuries than possibly any show in history.
The Colorado based fighter is 3-1 in his last four fights and has faced some of the stiffest competition the MMA world could throw at him.
Miller has now undergone two opponent changes in less than a week after Tyson Griffin was forced off the card with an injury prior to Sherk stepping in.
The Jan. 2 card was slated to be one of the UFC’s biggest, but injuries have forced a multitude of changes. With two weeks still to go, it’s no telling what else might happen to the ever changing line-up.