It seems that UFC middleweight Chris Weidman will be out of action for the remainder of the year, as an injury in training has pulled him off the upcoming UFC 155 card.
MMA Fighting reports that the initial diagnosis with Weidman's physician is a torn labrum "with a possible shoulder dislocation or separation" due to a miscued double-leg takedown.
This has not been a kind year to Weidman, who also suffered in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy—a Category 1 storm that tore apart the Eastern Seaboard during the last week of October this year. As Weidman lamented to MMA Fighting, the chain of events is disheartening:
"My biggest fear was something happening to me before this fight," Weidman said. "I wanted this fight so bad, what with the hurricane and our house, and on top of that, it's the biggest fight of my career.
"Everything happens for a reason. Hopefully, this will be [a] blessing."
Notably, this is the third injury reported by the UFC in the last week.
Heavyweight Shane Carwin pulled out of his Ultimate Fighter main-event fight with Roy Nelson just a week ago, citing another knee injury. Matt Mitrione has since stepped up to rescue the card on short notice.
Additionally, lightweight competitor Gray Maynard found himself ousted from a UFC 155 match against Joe Lauzon. Jim Miller will take Maynard's place on that card this December.