UFC newcomer Paul Daley, who had been scheduled to make his Octagon debut against Brian Foster on the UFC 103 preliminary card, will instead replace an injured Mike Swick and take on Martin Kampmann in a welterweight matchup on the pay-per-view main card of the September 19 event in Dallas, Texas.
Daley and UFC UK President Marshall Zelaznik confirmed the injury and replacement on Friday with The Sun.
“I am out of UFC 103. It sucks and I am sorry guys,” wrote Swick on Twitter. “I got foot swept while sparring this week and lost my legs. Landed on back of my head and neck and suffered a pretty bad concussion.”
The winner of the Swick-Kampmann matchup had been slated to be the next opponent for welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre, though Kampmann could still earn a title shot with an impressive victory over Daley.
Daley (21-8-2), who trains out of Team Rough House in his hometown of Nottingham, England, is a veteran of Cage Rage, Strikeforce, and EliteXC and has won 9 of his past 11 fights, including recent back-to-back victories. The only losses for “Semtex” since 2006 were defeats to notables Jake Shields and Nick Thompson, while he also picked up notable wins over the likes of Duane Ludwig, Sam Morgan, and John Alessio.
Kampmann (15-2) has won 6 of his 7 UFC fights, including 2-straight at welterweight over Carlos Condit and Alexandre Barros following a loss to middleweight contender Nate Marquardt last September in his final fight at 185-pounds.
It is not yet known whether the UFC will secure a replacement to fight Foster at UFC 103, or whether he’ll instead make him promotional debut on another upcoming card.
Pictured: Paul Daley