Things aren’t going according to plan for a lightweight match-up the UFC was targeting for October 26th in Manchester, as now Anthony Njokuani has dropped out of the event. If you recall, Njokuani was scheduled to throw down with Paul Taylor at UFC FN 30, but the latter had to pull out due to injury (and then proceeded to announce his retirement). As a result, TUF Finalist Al Iaquinta was tapped to fight Njokuani instead, but the noted striker has also withdrawn.
So, now it remains to be seen if the UFC will, or can, find a replacement to battle the powerful Iaquinta. The Serra-Longo Fight Team member recently confirmed to Fightline.com that Njokuani is injured, but that “Whoever they give me (I am down to fight).” The 26 year-old also added that he “should find out soon” in terms of whether he’ll fight in October or at a later date.
Iaquinta is coming off an impressive, unanimous decision win over Ryan Couture at UFC 164 last month. The bout marked the first time he had fought since the TUF 15 Finals last June, when he was choked out by Michael Chiesa.
Njokuani, meanwhile, was looking to build on the KO he scored over Roger Bowling at UFC on FOX 7 in April, after losing by UD to Rafael dos Anjos in July, 2012.
UFC FN 30 will be hosted by the Manchester Arena and will be broadcast on FOX Sports 2. The card will feature middleweight Michael Bisping taking on fellow contender Mark Munoz in the main event, and Ross Pearson fighting Melvin Guillard in the co-headliner.
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