Photo courtesy of the Victory Fighting Championship.
Update 8:00 PM: The UFC has confirmed the fight on their official website.
Victory Fighting Championship veteran Ryan Roberts has become the latest potential fighter to fill in for an injured Spencer Fisher against former PRIDE lightweight standout Marcus Aurelio at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 13 on April 2nd.
The news comes from our friends at MMA Junkie, who have learned from sources close to Roberts that he may have accepted the bout.
Fisher, a Miletich Fighting Systems product, was forced to pull out of his match against Aurelio after suffering a shoulder injury during a recent training session.
Jim Miller, who has fought primarily on the East Coast and recently submitted UFC veteran Chris Ligouri earlier this month at a Ring of Combat show, was reported as being tapped as a replacement opponent. However Miller appears to be under contract with the IFL, leaving him unable to fill in at the event.
Roberts was recently victorious in a four-man, one-night lightweight tournament at VFC 22: Ascension, defeating Zach Wolff and Joe Doherty in consecutive fights.
In any event, Aurelio’s bout is slated to be one of six preliminary fights in an event that features a main event between Kenny Florian and Joe Lauzon. The three-hour telecast will precede the season premiere of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs Team Forrest.