Luke Cummo has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Steve Bruno at UFC Fight Night 16 for undisclosed reasons, according to MMA Junkie.
Johnny Rees (10-1) has agreed to replace Cummo and take on Bruno (11-4) on the “UFC Fights for the Troops” preliminary card.
Rees entered his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 14 in July undefeated at 10-0 but left with the first blemish on his record, a first-round submission loss to Nate Lougran. “The Hater Hurter” has earned stoppages in all 10 of his professional victories, submitting 8 of his opponents while knocking out 2.
Following four-straight victories, primarily in South Korea’s Spirit MC promotion, Bruno made his UFC debut in August at UFC 87, losing via unanimous decision to Chris Wilson. He’s posted stoppages in all but one of his victories, defeating 6 opponents via knockout and 4 by submission.
UFC Fight Night 16 “UFC Fights for the Troops” takes place on December 10th at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina and includes Josh Koscheck vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida and Mike Swick vs. Jonathan Goulet.