Coleman Injured; GSP-Fitch Set for August


Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

UFC Hall-of-Famer Mark Coleman’s return to the organization has been put on hold courtesy of a knee injury while UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will attempt to be successful in another first title defense as he takes on undefeated upstart Jon Fitch in the main event of UFC 87: Seek and Destroy in August.

The organization announced the addition and change to the fight card for the event earlier today.

Coleman was scheduled to take on former professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar in his return bout. However Coleman reportedly tore his MCL and will be out of action for up to six weeks according to Sherdog.com. The injury will not require surgery. Lesnar will remain on the card and an opponent for him will be announced shortly.

St. Pierre avenged a prior loss to former champion Matt Serra last month, stopping the Long Island native in the first round. He will take on Fitch, a former collegiate wrestling standout at Purdue University, who has won all of his eight fights inside the confines of the UFC to date.

“The whole goal is to get the belt and be in the position where guys can’t duck me, run away, or say they don’t want to fight me,” Fitch said on UFC.com. “If I have the belt, there’s no excuse, and if you say you’re the best, then we’re gonna fight. This is gonna be a tough fight, but I’m gonna make sure I’m sharp that night, and wherever the fight needs to go, that’s fine with me.”

A bout between lightweight contenders Roger Huerta and Kenny Florian will also take place on the card, which will serve as the UFC’s inaugural event held in the state of Minnesota.

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