UFC 133 and the Five Most Injury-Plagued Cards in UFC History
As of late, injuries have been happening more and more. There are several factors that fans take into consideration when determining why so many fighters have been pulling out of their fights.
Is the risk not worth the reward as the pay-rate of a fighter's salary has increased? Is the new insurance policy enticing fighters to pull out of a bout while knowing their medical bills are now covered by the UFC? Are they just training harder than ever, making them more susceptible to injuries?
Whatever is the case, injuries are massively affecting the matchups that are scheduled to take place on UFC PPV cards, and it's happening on almost every card. Future UFC cards look stacked, but it's hard to think they will look anything like that by the time they actually happen.
These are the five most injury-plagued cards in the UFC.
UFC 109: Fighters removed include Anderson Silva, Josh Koscheck and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
UFC 110: Dong Hyun Kim, Elvis Sinosic and Ben Rothwell all forced off main-card bouts.
UFN 19: Ronnys Torres, James Irvin, Wilson Gouveia, Dan Miller, Kyle Bradley, Phillipe Nover and Chris Lytle all forced off the card.
UFC 90: Goran Reljic, Yushin Okami, Diego Sanchez, Melvin Guillard, Ricardo Almeida and Gleison Tibau all got injured.
UFN 24: Tito Ortiz, Duane Ludwig, James Wilks, Dennis Hallman, Nick Pace and Nam Phan all suffered injuries.
UFC Live Kampmann vs. Sanchez: Injured fighters include Mark Scanlon, Matt Riddle, Maiquel Falcao, Rafael Natal, Paulo Thiago, Takeya Mizugaki and Cub Swanson.
No. 5: UFC 106
The first major injury on this card, which was supposed to feature a heavyweight title fight between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin, occurred when Mark Coleman pulled out of his fight with Tito Ortiz.
Coleman would be replaced with Forrest Griffin, and the fight with Ortiz would become the main event after Lesnar pulled out of his fight due to diverticulitis.
Another major injury happened to Ricardo Almeida, who was supposed to fight Jon Fitch.
Also, Karo Parisyan pulled out of his fight with Dustin Hazelett on the day of the weigh-ins.
No. 4: UFC 130
While there weren't as many injuries on this card as UFC 106, there were significant changes made to the main card.
A few weeks before the event, both Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard were forced to pull out of their title lightweight title fight. Edgar was going to be replaced by Anthony Pettis before Maynard was injured soon after and was removed from the card completely.
Other fighters to withdraw from the card include Thiago Silva, Brad Pickett, Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto, Cody McKenzie and Bart Palaszewski.
No. 3: UFC 85
UFC 85 was originally supposed to feature a main event between Chuck Liddell and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, but Rua was forced to pull out because of his second knee surgery.
Rua would be replaced with Rashad Evans, but Liddell would back out of the bout after tearing his hamstring during training.
James Irvin replaced Liddell but suffered a foot injury and was also pulled from the card. Evans would be removed from the event completely, leaving the UFC no choice but to make a whole new main event.
They would settle on a welterweight matchup between Matt Hughes and Thiago Alves.
Other fighters removed from the card include Jonathan Goulet, Paul Kelly, Ryo Chonan and Neil Wain. Chris Leben was supposed to fight on the card but had legal problems and couldn't get into training in time for the fight.
No. 2: UFC 133
UFC 133 has been making the headlines, but not for the best reasons.
Injuries have been popping up left and right and have massively affected the main card.
A main event between UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Rashad Evans was supposed to happen before Jones pulled out because of an injury to his right hand.
Phil Davis injured his knee in training and pulled out of the biggest fight of his career with Rashad Evans.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira also pulled out due to an injury, leaving Rich Franklin no quality matchups that interested him. Franklin would be removed from the card completely.
Michael McDonald also suffered an injury, as well as Riki Fukuda, Alessio Sakara and Vladimir Matyushenko.
No. 1: UFC 108
Where do we start with possibly the worst injury-plagued card in the history of the UFC?
Here is a list of the matchups that were removed from the card due to injuries suffered by one or more of the fighters:
1. Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort
2. Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin
3. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez
4. Cain Velasquez vs. Shane Carwin
5. Junior dos Santos vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
6. Paul Daley vs. Carlos Condit
7. Tyson Griffin vs. Jim Miller
8. Martin Kampmann vs. Rory Markham
9. Steve Cantwell vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
What started with a card that would possibly feature two title fights ended up being headlined by light-heavyweight contenders Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva.
Daley, Miller and dos Santos still fought on the card but with new opponents.