After Kyle Bradley sustained an undisclosed injury while training, Phillipe Nover (5-2-1) has agreed to step in and replace him against Sam Stout (14-5-1) at UFC Fight Night 19: "Diaz vs. Guillard" from the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Wednesday, Sept. 16., according to MMA Fanhouse.
Nover has been anxious to prove he still belongs on the UFC roster after a questionable stoppage led to a first round technical knockout loss to Bradley at UFC 98: "Evans vs. Machida" back in May.
The 155-pound bout was mired in controversy when it appeared that Nover — The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 lightweight finalist — was in trouble after a big slam and subsequent flurry from Bradley. However, replays showed that Nover appeared to be maneuvering for a submission when the referee in charge of the action, Yves Lavigne, stepped in to stop the action.
It was the second straight loss for "The Next Anderson Silva," who came up short against a determined Efrain Escudero in the TUF 8 Finale last December.
It's not getting any easier with an opponent like "Hands of Stone."
Stout recently broke out of a rare 0-2 slump by outpointing Matt Wiman at UFC 97: "Redemption" back on April 18. The heavy-handed lightweight is probably best known for his two action-packed battles against Spencer "The King" Fisher.
UFC Fight Night 19: "Diaz vs. Guillard" will feature a main event between hungry lightweight up-and-comers and former TUF grads Nate Diaz and Melvin "The Young Assassin" Guillard.
In addition, Roger "El Matador" Huerta will throwdown for perhaps the last time inside the Octagon as he tries to leave on a high note against the stifling super-wrestler Gray "The Bully" Maynard.
To check out the latest UFC Fight Night 19 fight card click here.