Not long after news surfaced that Robert Drysdale will not make his Octagon debut at UFC 163 on August 3rd, comes word that UFC newcomer Francimar Barroso will replace the decorated grappler. Drysdale is scheduled to fight Ednaldo Oliveira at the event, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Brazilian publication Tatame.com is reporting that Barros will now fight Oliveira, after the Las Vegas Review-Journal relayed that Drysdale was out of the bout due to a staph infection. As of late Wednesday, the UFC hadn’t announced Drysdale’s withdrawal.
Barroso (15-3) will make his UFC debut having won three straight fights, and he’s gone 9-1 in his last ten. Oliveira (13-1-1) has fought just once in the UFC; last January he was tapped out by heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 142.
UFC 163 will be headlined by a featherweight bout between champion Jose Aldo and Chan Sung Jung. Other main card bouts include Lyoto Machida taking on Phil Davis, Tom Watson versus former middleweight contender Thales Leites, and Cezar Ferreira taking on middleweight Clint Hester.
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