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Philippou Pulled From UFC on FX 8

Kelsey Mowatt

Costa Philippou

Approximately two weeks out from his UFC on FX 8 bout with “Jacare” Souza, Costa Philippou has reportedly been pulled from the event, which will go down May 18th in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil.

According to a report from MMA, sources close to the event have disclosed that Philippou has incurred a cut above his eye and can no longer compete as a result. It remains to be seen if a replacement will be brought in to face “Jacare”, who will be making his UFC debut.

It’s unfortunate news, as Philippou has won five straight bouts and is on the move in the middleweight division.Most recently, Philippou stopped Tim Boetsch at UFC 155 last December, to improve his record to 12-2.

It would have been interesting to see how he faired against “Jacare”, who is a former Strikeforce champ and one of the scariest dudes to ever hit the grappling mats.

UFC on FX 8 will be headlined by a middleweight bout between Vitor Belfort and Luke Rockhold.

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