The UFC has been plagued with injuries this year. High-profile fight after high-profile fight has been cancelled and/or postponed due to injury on almost every single fight card this year.
UFC president Dana White believes that fighters are training too hard in the gym and need to lighten up, while fighters and insiders blame the ever growing PED problem in the sport as part of the issue with injury.
It’s easy to remember some of these fights. GSP vs. Nick Diaz, GSP vs. Carlos Condit, and on and on and on, but the guys over at Bleacher Report, took the time to compile all the fights so far this year that got changed or scrapped by an injury.
Broken down by weight-class, the 45-fight changes due to injury are listed below:
Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve
Hunt out, Lavar Johnson in, loses.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cheick Kongo
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira out, Shawn Jordan in (pending).
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Roy Nelson
Gonzaga out, Dave Herman in, loses.
Rob Broughton vs. Ednaldo Oliveira
Broughton out, Gonzaga in, wins.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Little Nog nog out with knee injury, Thiago Silva in, loses.
Thiago Silva vs. Mauricio Rua
Silva out, Brandon Vera in (pending).
Chad Griggs vs. Phil Davis
Griggs out, Wagner Prado in (pending).
Brandon Vera vs. Thiago Silva (rematch after first bout declared NC due to Silva’s failed PED test)
Vera out, Igor Pokrajac in
Silva out (to replace Nogueira against Gustafsson, where he lost).
Jorgen Kruth vs. Cyrille Diabate
Kruth out, Tom DeBlass in, loses.
Fabio Maldonado vs. Caio Magalhaes
Caio Magalhaes in after visa problems force Stanislav Nedkov out due to visa issues
Maldonado out, fight scrapped.
Mark Munoz vs. Chael Sonnen
Munoz out, Michael Bisping in, loses close decision.
Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch
Bisping out, Hector Lombard in (pending).
Brian Stann vs. Hector Lombard
Stann out, and Lombard pulled to Tim Boetsch at UFC 149.
Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva
Belfort out, Rich Franklin in (pending)
Wih Franklin moved, Patrick Cote in vs Cung Le.
Jared Hamman vs. Kyle Noke
Hamman out, Andrew Craig in.
Noke injured during fight, Crag wins decision.
Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz
GSP out, Condit in, wins Interim title.
Jon Fitch vs. Aaron Simpson
Fitch out, Kenny Robertson in (pending).
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Erick Silva
Bahadurzada out, Carlo Prater in. Prater wins by DQ (strikes to back of head)
Thiago Alves vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Akiyama out, Bahadurzada in.
Alves out, Chris Clements in.
Fight is now Bahadurzada vs. Clements (pending).
Paulo Thiago vs. Mike Pyle
Thiago out, Ricardo Funch in, loses.
Rick Story vs. Rich Attonito
Attonito out, Papy Abedi in.
Abedi out, Brock Jardine in (pending).
Matt Riddle vs. Luis Ramos
Riddle out, Matt Brown in (pending).
George Sotiropoulos vs. Takanori Gomi
Sotiropoulos out, Eiji Mitsuoka in, loses.
Matt Wiman vs. Mark Bocek
Wiman out John Alessio in, loses.
Evan Dunham vs. Edson Barboza
Dunham out, Jamie Varner in, wins.
Paul Sass vs. Evan Dunham
Paul Sass, Nik Lentz in, loses FOTY.
Tony Ferguson vs. Dennis Hallman/Thiago Tavares
Dennis Hallman out, Thiago Tavares in,
Tavares out, Michael Johnson in, wins.
Yves Edwards vs. Donald Cerrone
Edwards out, Jeremy Stephens in, loses.
Paul Taylor vs. Anthony Njokuani
Taylor out, Rafael dos Anjos in (pending).
Cody McKenzie vs. Michael Johnson
McKenzie out, Shane Roller in, loses.
Aaron Riley vs. Cody McKenzie
Riley out, Marcus LeVesseur in, loses.
Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch
Aldo out, Koch waiting for Aldo ot heal.
Leonard Garcia vs. Tiequan Zhang
Garcia out, Issei Tamura in, wins.
Pablo Garza vs. Josh Grispi
Garza out, Rani Yahya in (pending).
Robert Peralta vs. Mackens Semerzier
Peralta out, Daniel Pineda in, wins. Semerzier released.
Akira Corassani vs. Jason Young
Corassani out, Eric Wisely in, loses.
Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber
Cruz out, Renan Barao in (pending, for interim title).
Eddie Wineland vs. Johnny Bedford
Wineland out, Mitch Gagnon in.
Gagnon out with visa issues, fight cancelled.
Mike Easton vs. Yves Jabouin
Easton out, Jeff Hougland in, loses for first time in UFC.
Jimmy Hettes vs. Steven Siler
Hettes out, Joey Gambino in (pending)
Byron Bloodworth vs. John Albert
Bloodworth out, Erik Perez in, wins controversial submission.
Johnny Bedford vs. Nick Denis
Bedford out, Roland Delorme in, wins upset.
Ken Stone vs. Edwin Figueroa/Francisco Rivera
Edwin Figueroa, Francisco Rivera in.
Rivera out, Dustin Pague in (pending; Pague will have fought twice in two weeks)
Azamat Gashimov vs. Alex Soto
Gashimov, Francisco Rivera in, wins UD.
Darren Uyenoyama vs. John Dodson
Uyenoyama out, Tim Elliott in, loses.