Heavyweight prospect Junior dos Santos (8-1, 2-0 UFC), who recorded first-round knockouts of Fabricio Werdum and Stefan Struve in his 2 UFC bouts, has been pulled from his UFC 102 matchup against Justin McCully for undisclosed reasons.
McCully announced on MMAjunkie Radio on Wednesday that he’ll instead fight newcomer Mike Russow at the August 29 event in Portland, Oregon.
Another UFC newcomer, Todd Duffee, who had been slated to fight Russow at the pay-per-view event, will instead take on Tim Hague.
Both McCully-Russow and Duffee-Hague will take place on the unaired preliminary card.
Though no reason has yet been given for lineup changes, it appears likely that dos Santos was pulled from the card for a better matchup at one of the UFC’s fall events. Adding the exciting up-and-comer dos Santos to the main card for the UFC’s September 19 event in Dallas, UFC 103, could supplement a still to-be-booked but likely weaker-than-normal main event, especially if he’s matched against another attention-grabbing heavyweight such as Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (should he return to the UFC).
[Pictured: Junior dos Santos]