MMA Odds and Ends for Wednesday: Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman injured and off UFC 199

Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman injured and off UFC 199  According to reports by FloCombat and MMAJunkie, Chris Weidman is out of his UFC 199 headlining bout against Luke Rockhold. TalkMMA initially reported the news on Twitter. This is the fourth time Weidman has been forced to pull out of a championship bout. Chris Weidman posted this on his Facebook this morning explaining the injury. UFC 199 takes place from The Forum in Inglewood, California on June 4. Here’s an updated look at the card Luke Rockhold (15-2) vs. TBA Dominick Cruz (21-1) vs. Urijah Faber (33-8) Max Holloway (15-3) vs. Ricardo Lamas (16-4) Dan Henderson (31-14) vs. Hector Lombard (34-5-1, 2NC) Dustin Poirier (19-4) vs. Bobby Green (23-6) B.J. Penn (16-10-2) vs. Cole Miller (21-9, 1NC) Brian Ortega (10-0, 1NC) vs. Clay Guida (32-16) Beneil Dariush (12-2) vs. James Vick (9-0) Jessica Penne (12-3) vs. Jessica Andrade (13-5) Sean Strickland (17-1) vs. Tom Breese (10-0) Jonathan Wilson (7-0) vs. Luiz Henrique da Silva (10-0) Kevin Casey (9-4, 2NC) vs. Elvis Mutapcic (15-4) Dong Hyun Kim (13-7-3) vs. Marco Polo Reyes (5-2)   Undefeated RFA bantamweight Matthew Lopez meets Rani Yahya at UFC Fight Night 91  UFC officials announced Tuesday that RFA bantamweight Matthew Lopez has signed with the promotion and will take on Rani Yahya at UFC Sioux Falls. Lopez (8-0) boasts seven stoppage victories in eight career bouts. He heads into this matchup off his fifth-straight first round victory including a win over Eli Finn at RFA 3 7 in his last fight. Prior to that matchup I spoke with Lopez about his MMA career. Yahya (21-8) heads into this matchup off a split-decision victory over Masanori Kanehara, which has capped off back to back wins for the Brazilian. UFC Fight Night 91 takes place July 13 at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. Here’s an updated look at the card. Michael Chiesa vs. Tony Ferguson Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman Ben Nguyen vs. Louis Smolka Keita Nakamura vs. Kyle Noke Alexey Oleinik vs. Daniel Omielanczuk Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson Matthew Lopez vs. Rani Yahya   UFC signs Jordan Rinaldi, meets Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 88  With Diego Ferreira recently removed from UFC Fight Night 88 due a potential USADA anti-doping violation, the promotion has signed Jordan Rinaldi who now meets Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 88. Rinaldi (12-4) heads into this short notice matchup on a five-fight winning streak. He’s coming off a second round submission victory over Lashawn Alcocks at Fight Lab 52. Trujillo (14-6) is coming off a first round submission victory over Tony Sims back in January. UFC Fight Night 88 takes place May 29 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Sin City. Here’s an updated look at the card. MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET) Thomas Almeida vs. Cody Garbrandt Renan Barao vs. Jeremy Stephens Tarec Saffiedine vs. Rick Story Chris Camozzi vs. Vitor Miranda Lorenz Larkin vs. Jorge Masvidal Josh Burkman vs. Paul Felder PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET) Jessica Eye vs. Sara McMann Jordan Rinaldi vs. Abel Trujillo Jake Collier vs. Alberto Pereira Uda Shane Campbell vs. Erik Koch PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET) Bryan Caraway vs. Aljamain Sterling Chris DeLaRocha vs. Adam Milstead   Francis Ngannou vs. Bojan Mihajlovic booked for UFC on FOX 20 in Chicago UFC officials also announced on Tuesday that heavyweights Francis Ngannou and Bojan Mihajlovic are set to face off at UFC on FOX 20. Ngannou (7-1 ) heads into this matchup off back-to-back knockout victories over Luis Henrique and Curtis Blaydes. He’s won six straight fights, seven of which have come by stoppage. Mihajlovic (10-3) makes his UFC debut and is coming into this fight on a 10-fight win streak. It should be noted these fighters were originally slated to fight at UFC Fight Night 86 in April, but the European fighter ended up withdrawing from the card. UFC on FOX 20 takes place July 23 at United Center in Chicago. Here’s an updated look at the card. Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira Edson Barboza vs. Gilbert Melendez James Moontasri vs. Alex Oliveira George Sullivan vs. Hector Urbina Ryan LaFlare vs. Alexander Yakovlev Luis Henrique vs. Dmitry Smolyakov Kailin Curran vs. Felice Herrig Tony Martin vs. Michel Prazeres Frankie Saenz vs. Eddie Wineland Bojan Mihajlovic vs. Francis Ngannou   Lookin’ for a Fight: Episode 5

Written by James Lynch

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