A Featherweight clash between Korean sensation Doo Ho Choi and UFC veteran Sam Sicilia will now be scrapped from the upcoming event, after Choi suffered an injury in training.
Fight Sport Asia learned of the injury Saturday afternoon from sources close to the fighters camp.
Doo Ho Choi (11-1) was set to make his promotional debut against TUF alumni Sam Sicilia (12-4) at next months UFC 173, scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Choi, 23, is currently on an impressive nine-fight win streak and is highly regarded as one of the best prospects in the 145-lb division. The UFC signed “The Korean Superboy” late last year, following an incredible run on the Asian MMA circuit with DEEP. Known for his aggressiveness and game attitude, Choi has notable wins over Mitsuhiro Ishida, Kosuke Umeda and Nobuhiro Obiya throughout his young career. And was involved in not one, but two Fight of the Year candidates for 2013 against Shoji Maruyama & Tatsunao Nagakura, stopping both men in the second round.
Sicilia, a cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter: Live”, who lost in the preliminary rounds, impressed the UFC enough to give him a chance on the big stage. Since making his Octagon debut, Sicilia has amassed a 2-3 record thus far under the bright lights of the UFC. With wins over Cristiano Marcello & Godofredo Pepey, the 28-year-old was last seen at UFC Fight Night 35 at the turn of the year, losing the contest via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) to American Top Team affiliate Cole Miller.
*No word of a replacement for Doo Ho Choi.
Ultimate Fighting Championship, 5/24/14
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, Nevada
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