An injury has reportedly forced George Sotiropoulos out of his scheduled UFC 144 appearance against Takanori Gomi.
Details of the injury were not disclosed at the time of this report.
In his place to face Takanori Gomi comes Eiji Mitsuoka.
UFC 144 is set to go down on February 26 live from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. As of current date, the event is expected to be headlined by a lightweight title fight between champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Benson Henderson. The event marks the UFC’s first ever return to Japan since UFC 29 in 2000.
Mitsuoka will now make his UFC debut against one of the division’s all-time greats. A native of Japan, he is a former Sengoku and DREAM fighter who has won his last two consecutive bouts.
The new UFC 144 lineup includes:
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Champ Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson (for lightweight title)
Ryan Bader vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jake Shields
Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis
Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami
Steve Cantwell vs. Riki Fukuda
Vaughan Lee vs. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto
Chris Cariaso vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Takanori Gomi vs. Eiji Mitsuoka