Dana White has announced via Twitter that Lavar Johnson has suffered a pulled groin and has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming bout with Brendan Schaub. No replacement has been announced at this time.
Earlier this week, White pleaded with UFC on Fox 5 fighters saying, “It’s tough to keep a card together. What have we got like a week and a half to go? I want to say to all the guys, tone your training down a little bit. Let’s not get anybody injured this last week and a half.”
UFC on Fox 5 is slated for December 8 and features a UFC lightweight championship bout between Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz. The stacked undercard includes Rory MacDonald vs. BJ Penn, Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick.
Update, 11:33 PM: MMA Fighting is reporting that the UFC will not seek a replacement for Johnson meaning Schaub will no longer appear on the card.
Johnson, a native of Madera, California, possesses a mixed martial arts record of 15-6. Johnson is 2-1 in the UFC with his two victories coming over Pat Barry and Joey Beltran.
Schaub, a native of Denver, Colorado, owns a mixed martial arts record of 9-3. Schaub holds victories over the likes of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Gabriel Gonzaga, Chris Tuchscherer and Chase Gormley. Schaub is currently riding a two fight losing skid with KO losses to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and “Big” Ben Rothwell.