Steve Cantwell has become the latest fighter to withdraw from Saturday’s injury-plagued UFC 108 event, pulling out of his scheduled preliminary card matchup with fellow light heavyweight Vladimir Matyushenko on Tuesday for undisclosed reasons.
According to MMA Weekly, the UFC is seeking a replacement to face Matyushenko at the pay-per-view event in Las Vegas.
Cantwell (7-3) became the final WEC light heavyweight title-holder with his knockout of Brian Stann in August 2008, then won “Submission of the Night” honors in his UFC debut win over Razak Al-Hassan last December. “The Robot” has most-recently dropped back-to-back fights to Luiz Cane in April and Stann in September.
Matyushenko (23-4), the former IFL 205-pound champ, was knocked out by Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at a January Affliction event but has bounced back with wins over Jason Lambert in May and Igor Pokrajac in his return to the UFC in September.
UFC 108 is headlined by Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva and the main card also includes Paul Daley vs. Dustin Hazelett, Joe Lauzon vs. Sam Stout, Duane Ludwig vs. Jim Miller, and Junior Dos Santos vs. Gilbert Yvel, while the Spike TV-televised preliminary card features Martin Kampmann vs. Jacob Volkmann and Dan Lauzon vs. Cole Miller.
Pictured: Steve Cantwell