It’s safe to say Kobayashi Issa, one of Japan’s greatest poets, wasn’t thinking of the Ultimate Fighting Championship when he wrote one of his most famous haiku a few hundred years ago:
New Year’s Day–
everything is in blossom!
I feel about average.
But it sure feels right today, as the UFC celebrates the first day of 2015 with — news of its first cancelled main event.
Tarec Saffiedine, the 28 year old welterweight who was to face Matt Brown at the main event of next month’s UFC Fight Night 60, aka UFC Fight Night Brown vs. Saffiedine, has pulled out due to a groin injury.
The news was first reported by MMA Junkie.
The UFC struggled with the loss of their top talent throughout 2014. In one case, an entire event was scrapped due to injured headliner. In another, a main event was changed one day before the event.
Saffiedine, seen above in a 2013 victory over Nate Marquardt which earned him the Strikeforce Welterweight Championship, is 15-4 as a professional. In his last UFC appearance, he suffered the first stoppage loss of his career in a bout with Rory MacDonald — snapping a five fight winning streak.
Similarly, the 33 year old Brown’s last appearance in the Octagon was a defeat to Robbie Lawler, snapping a seven fight winning streak.
No opponent has been named for Brown, who is is 17-12 as a professional.
UFC Fight Night 60 will take place February 14 in Bloomfield, CO.