The entire UFC roster seems to have caught the injury bug of late. The latest casualty is Thiago Alves (16-6) who blew out his knee while training for his recently booked fight with Jon Fitch (19-3) at UFC 107 (Dec. 12th). Alves reportedly wanted to reschedule the fight for UFC 108 (Jan. 2, 2010), but the UFC wasn't willing to push Fitch back that far. Jon Fitch was originally scheduled to face Ricardo Almeida (11-3) at UFC 106 (Nov. 21st), but that fight was scrapped when Almeida went down with a knee injury of his own. Fitch is now set to take on up-and-comer Mike Pierce (10-1) at UFC 107. Just like UFC fans everywhere, he's surely now hoping that the third time's the charm.
Other notable UFC fighters who've recently bowed out of fights include: Kurt Pelligrino (14-4), whose injured back will prevent him from facing lightweight contender Frank Edgar (10-1) at the T.U.F. 10 Finale (Dec. 5th); Brock Lesnar (4-1), whose battle with an unnamed illness forced him to reschedule a heavyweight title showdown with Shane Carwin (11-0); and even Lyoto Machida (16-0) who will be unable to fight at UFC 108 (Jan. 2nd, 2010) as the UFC had hoped due to a hand injury he sustained in the course of his hotly-debated decision victory over Mauricio Rua (18-4). Machida's mangled paw requires surgery and will force him out of active rotation until at least February, 2010.
All these disappointing turns of events have left UFC fans tensely wondering, who's next?
Note: Frank Edgar has been hastily scheduled to fight undefeated prospect Matt Veach (11-0), still at the T.U.F 10 Finale (Dec. 5th)