Quinn Mulhern will no longer fight Ryan Couture as scheduled at UFC 164, as a broken hand has forced the Strikeforce vet to pull out of the August 31st bout. Stepping into replace Mulhern is TUF 15 finalist Al Iaquinta. UFC 164 will take place at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
The Las Vegas Sun reported the change first, and the UFC has confirmed the new match-up, after Mulhern posted an x-ray of his busted hand via Instagram. Mulhern then posted on Twitter that he still wants to fight Couture at some juncture, and that further:
@RyanDCouture maybe we can start talking trash and get everyone excited. Potential source material: our respective/competing beards
Couture responded by saying:
@Qmulhern I’m no good at trash talk but a ‘stache-off is never a bad idea.
Nice. So, Iaquinta (5-2-1) will be looking to secure his first official UFC win, as the lightweight was tapped out by Michael Chiesa at the TUF 15 Finale last June.
Couture (6-2) is also coming off a loss, as he was stopped by Ross Pearson in April, after narrowly getting by KJ Noons with a split decision win at the final Strikeforce event in January.
UFC 164 will be headlined by a lightweight bout between champion Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis.