Frank Mir (9-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC), the former UFC Heavyweight Champion was scratched earlier this week due to a then undisclosed injury. MMAWeekly.com is reporting that Mir was forced to withdraw due to a shoulder injury. From the article:
Mir evidently suffered the shoulder injury in training and it wasn’t healing properly for him to be able to fight. MMAWeekly spoke to his Business Manager, Dean Albrecht, who said, “We’re not sure if it’s the rotator cuff or a labrum injury.” It’s not even readily apparent when he suffered the injury. “He is not sure if it was from falling on the outstretched limb or just constant strain.”
Albrecht said that they “should be receiving the results of an MRI and other related tests any day,” but that the shoulder just wasn’t strong enough for Mir to go into this fight. “With shoulder injuries, you get pain, instability, locking, decreased range of motion and loss of strength. Frank has it all with the most prevalent being loss of strength, which inhibited his submissions and, as you know, that is his strength. So it was decided to concentrate on being in top condition for his next fight.”
It appears Mir will be getting another shot at fighting in the UFC and a chance to comeback from a motorcycle accident. Jeff Joslin was also removed from the card for then unknown reasons but he too has been injured.
From the Fight Network:
An undisclosed injury has forced Canadian welterweight Jeff Joslin to pull out of his scheduled bout with Kuniyoshi Hironaka (10-3) at the upcoming Spike TV-presented UFC Fight Night on April 5 at The Pearl in The Palms Casino & Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Joslin lost to up and comer Josh Koscheck at UFC Fight Night 7 in December via unanimous decision.
Here’s the current card for the April 5th event:
Main Card Fights:
Joe Stevenson vs. Melvin Guillard
Kenny Florian vs. Dokonjonosuke Mishima
Antoni Hardonk vs. Justin McCully
Drew Fickett vs. Keita Nakamura
Wander Braga vs. Kurt Pellegrino
Kuniyoshi Hironaka vs. TBD
Naoyuki Kotani vs. Thiago Tavares
Wilson Gouveia vs. Seth Petruzelli
Roan Carneiro vs. TBD