UFC 149 appears to have an infestation of injury bugs after two match-ups were left in limbo for health-related reasons. Apparently, Brazilians Thiago Alves and Thiago Silva both suffered an undisclosed affliction while training for their respective bouts on the July 21 card and have been forced out of the fights.
Alves was scheduled to face fellow striker Siyar Bahadurzada while Silva was set for a scrap with Mauricio Rua. No official word has surfaced on how Bahadurzada/Rua will be handled though it is believed both will still see action at the show.
Newly signed stud Glover Teixeira has been rumored as a possible replacement for Silva.
Injuries aside, the Calgary-bound event still looks solid and is headlined by featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his title against Erik Koch with other bouts including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira-Cheick Kongo as well as Michael Bisping-Tim Boetsch.
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MMATraining Take: It’s unfortunate but expected when fighters go down with injury. After all, it’s part of the game. However, it’s particularly problematic when it comes to Silva since he has a well-documented history of back injuries. As such, hopefully his injury is unrelated to his spine/neck or it could spell problems for his career in general.