MMA Fighting is reporting that UFC middleweight contender Chris Weidman has injured his shoulder and been forced to withdraw from his upcoming bout with Tim Boetsch.
Replacing Weidman at UFC 155 will be Costa Philippou, who was scheduled to fight Nick Ring at UFC 154 before the fight was cancelled when Ring was unable to get cleared by the commission.
The report indicates that Weidman may have a torn labrum with a possible shoulder dislocation or separation. That means Weidman could be sidelined from anywhere between three-to-six months. The injury is the latest piece to what has been a turbulent November for the Weidman family. A few weeks ago, Weidman lost his house to Hurricane Sandy as it ravaged the East Coast.
Tim "The Barbarian" Boetsch possesses a mixed martial arts record of 16-4. Boetsch, a former light heavyweight, is currently 4-0 at middleweight with victories over Kendall Grove, Nick Ring, Yushin Okami, and Hector Lombard.
Philippou, fighting out of Merrick, New York, possesses a mixed martial arts record of 11-2. Philippou holds victories over the likes of Rikki Fukuda, Court McGee, Jared Hamman, and Jorge Rivera.
UFC 155 is scheduled for December 29 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card will be headlined by a heavyweight title bout between Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez.
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