Hermes Franca has been forced to withdraw from his headlining bout at UFC Fight Night 17 against Joe Lauzon after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee.
Franca announced the injury and withdrawal late last night on The Underground.
UFN 17 takes place on February 7h at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida and airs live on Spike TV. With less than two weeks until fight night the UFC is seeking to quickly find a replacement to take on Lauzon. However, it’s likely that Mac Danzig vs. Josh Neer, a previously scheduled main card bout, will now headline the card.
Franca’s injury, which was suffered on Saturday, marks the second main card change in the past week. On Friday Amir Sadollah withdrew from his bout against Nick Catone after suffering a broken clavicle while training.
The UFC has not yet announced the injuries of Franca or Sadollah and replacements have not yet been named for either fight.