The hits just keep on coming for UFC 133, as Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has been forced out of his co-headlining bout with Rich Franklin at the August 6 event in Philadelphia due to a shoulder injury.
The UFC is currently looking for a replacement. UFC President Dana White confirmed the news following a Tatme report.
While the UFC has yet to find a new opponent for Franklin, White said they are searching for a replacement. Strikeforce fighter Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal has taken to Twitter to request a shot in the UFC against Franklin, but a crossover fight is highly unlikely as Lawal is still under contract with Strikeforce at this time.
UFC 133 will be headlined by a rematch between Ortiz and Rashad Evans and the event also features a matchup between middleweights Yoshiro Akiyama and Vitor Belfort.