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Sakara Out, Philippou in against Rivera at UFC 133

Up-to-the minute news about the emerging fight card for UFC 133, happening August 6 in Philadelphia, PA.

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The injury bug has bitten UFC 133 again, with Alessio Sakara the latest casualty. Sakara's removal from his bout with Jorge Rivera (the third time the bout has hit the skids), has opened up a main card slot for Greek slugger Costa Philippou, who will now face "El Conquistador" on the August 6th card in Philadelphia. Stepping in to face Philippou's original opponent, Rafael Natal, will be 16-2, 1 NC Ultimate Fighter veteran Paul Bradley, who will be making his Octagon debut.

Lil Nog Latest Casualty of 133 Injury Wave
updated July 25
A third light heavyweight in a week has been forced to withdraw from UFC 133 - Dana White confirmed today via Twitter that Antonio Rogerio Nogueria is out of the August 6 fight against Rich Franklin due to an injury. The bout will not replaced, and the Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama bout will be moved to the co-main event slot, while the welterweight battle between Dennis Hallman and Brian Ebersole has been moved to the main card.

Hamill in for Injured Matyushenko at UFC 133 updated July 14
For the second time this week, an injury has knocked a light heavyweight off the UFC 133 fight card. Dana White announced today that Vladimir "The Janitor" Matyushenko has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled fight against Swede Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson.

Stepping in for The Janitor will be fellow wrestler Matt "The Hammer" Hamill, who last faced Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in the main event of UFC 130. Hamill and Gustafsson have verbally agreed to the August 6 matchup.

Davis Injured, Ortiz Gets Call to Face Evans in UFC 133 Rematch
updated July 13
The stakes have just gotten higher for UFC 133 main eventer Rashad Evans, as the former light heavyweight champion will now face an old rival, Tito Ortiz, on the August 6th card in Philadelphia after his original opponent, Phil Davis, was forced out of the bout due to injury.

The two originally met in July of 2007, battling to a three round draw. Ortiz is coming off a UFC 132 win over Ryan Bader, and now he’s back to battle Evans just one month later.
 
Tickets are on sale now for this exciting clash of former champions looking to get a shot at the title once again.

Mendes to Take on Yahya at UFC 133 updated May 23
“With featherweight champion Jose Aldo’s exact return date to the Octagon uncertain, #1 undefeated featherweight contender Chad Mendes looks to stay active by taking on the extremely dangerous submissions specialist Rani Yahya," said Dana White. Mendes and Yahya have verbally agreed to an August 6th bout at UFC 133 in Philadelphia.

Aldo stated Monday via Twitter that due to the standard medical suspension he received after UFC 129, he wouldn't have enough time to train for an August bout.

Pyle vs MacDonald Agreed to for UFC 133 updated May 23
UFC President Dana White announced today that the City of Brotherly Love will get another dose of high-impact welterweight action on August 6th with a veteran vs. prospect meeting.

“Welterweight standouts Mike ‘Quicksand’ Pyle and Rory ‘The Water Boy’ MacDonald have verbally agreed to fight at UFC 133 in Philadelphia,” said White.

Menjivar vs. Pace added to UFC 133
This August in Philadelphia, veteran Ivan Menjivar will look to follow-up his crushing UFC 129 knockout of Charlie Valencia with a win over hot 135-pound prospect Nick Pace.

“Bantamweights Ivan Menjivar and Nick Pace have agreed to fight each other August 6, at UFC 133 in Philadelphia," said UFC President Dana White. "Menjivar is coming off a devastating elbow KO win and Pace utilized a rarely seen type of submission to secure the victory in his last outing.”

Pace was orginally slated to fight Michael McDonald at UFC 133, but McDonald stepped in for an injured fighter on the UFC 130 card.

Mauler vs. Janitor Confirmed for UFC 133
Two light heavyweights coming off of impressive performances have verbally agreed to meet at UFC 133 - Dana White confirmed today that Swede Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson will take on Belarusian newlywed Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko.

Brown vs. Phan Set for UFC 133 Showdown updated May 11
Always exciting Mike Brown will look to get back in the win column at UFC 133 on August 6th in Philadelphia when he takes on The Ultimate Fighter 12's Nam Phan.

“Former featherweight champ Mike Brown and Nam Phan have both verbally agreed to fight August 6th in Philadelphia,” said UFC President Dana White.

Pierce gets Hendricks in UFC 133 Bout
It's an all-wrestling showdown as Mike Pierce meets Johny Hendricks in a welterweight bout this August.

“Powerhouse wrestlers collide as verbal agreements are in for Mike Pierce vs. Johny Hendricks in Philadelphia August 6th,” said UFC President Dana White.

Evans Battles “Mr. Wonderful” at UFC 133
updated April 25

With UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones currently sidelined by injury, number one contender Rashad Evans will step back into the Octagon to risk his title shot against unbeaten and dangerous Phil Davis at UFC 133 in Philadelphia.
 
"Undefeated 'Mr. Wonderful' Phil Davis has verbally agreed to face former UFC world light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans in Philadelphia on August 6," said UFC President Dana White. Evans was originally supposed to face new champ Jon 'Bones' Jones but Jones is unable to compete due to injury.”

Little Nog vs. Franklin in Philly updated April 21
Two more big names have signed on for UFC 133 August 6 in Philadelphia.

“Verbal agreements are in for what should be an amazing fight as former Pride superstar Rogerio 'Minotoro' Nogueira will take on former UFC World Middleweight Champion Rich 'Ace' Franklin in a light heavyweight bout,” said UFC president Dana White.

Belfort-Akiyama, Hallman-Ebersole at 133 updated April 21
A welterweight matchup has been verbally agreed to between Brian “Bad Boy” Ebersole and Dennis “Superman” Hallman at UFC 133 in Philadelphia, said UFC president Dana White. Ebersole opened eyes when he joined the UFC on short notice against Chris Lytle at UFC 127 and won. With 62 pro fights on his record, the American-born Sydney resident is the rare opponent who's nearly as experienced as Hallman, a veteran of 81 bouts.

Earlier in the day, White announced that verbal agreements are in for a UFC 133 battle between two of the most exciting fighters in the middleweight division. "After three straight Fight of the Night performances, Yoshihiro Akiyama will take on former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort August 6 in Philadelphia," he said.

McDonald Meets Pace at 133
updated April 12
Bantamweight phenom Michael McDonald is back this summer to take on Staten Island's Nick Pace at UFC 133.

“Coming off an incredible Fight Of The Night win, top prospect Michael McDonald returns to the Octagon to face another exciting up-and-comer, Nick Pace, as they have verbally agreed to face each other in a bantamweight bout at UFC 133,” said UFC President Dana White.

Also on that card, BJJ specialist Rafael Natal and Japanese grappler Riki Fukuda have agreed to a middleweight matchup.

Rivera Finally Gets Sakara at 133 updated April 12
“Better late than never, verbal agreements are in for what should be an action-packed match between Alessio Sakara and Jorge Rivera at UFC 133," said UFC president Dana White today.

The two middleweights were originally scheduled to meet at UFC 122 in Oberhausen, Germany but Sakara had to pull out due to illness. Details on UFC 133, which will take place in August 2011, will be announced soon.

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