Reports: MacDonald to Replace Day at UFC 88


Jason MacDonald. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Jason Day has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled middleweight bout against Jason Lambert at UFC 88 after suffering an arm injury during a recent training session. He will reportedly be replaced by fellow Canadian veteran Jason MacDonald according to Sherdog.com.

Day suffered an elbow and biceps injury that will keep him out of action for an indefinite period of time states MMA Weekly. He is scheduled to have an MRI on his arm in the coming days, which is expected to give him a time-frame for his recovery.

Following his disappointing submission loss to Demian Maia at UFC 87 last month, MacDonald will be stepping in to face Lambert, who will be making his middleweight debut at the event, on short notice with a little less than three weeks of training time.

After solidifying himself as a one of the UFC light heavyweight division’s premiere contenders with a surprising knockout of Renato “Babalu” Sobral last year, Lambert went on to drop two straight fights, most recently a brutal TKO loss to Luis Cane at UFC 85 in June.

Also pulling out of his bout at UFC 88 will be King of the Cage veteran James Lee who suffered an injury this past week. He will be replaced by newcomer Mike Patt, who will face Tim Boetsch after spending the past two years with BodogFight.

In other Zuffa-related news, standout wrestler Mark Munoz has also been forced to withdraw from his bout against fellow prospect Steve Steinbeiss due to an undisclosed injury according to MMA Weekly. The two were set to clash at WEC 36 in Florida on September 10th. It remains unknown whether or not the WEC will attempt to find a replacement opponent in time for Steinbeiss.

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