It took less than 48 hours for the injury bug to bite an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) card in 2013.
And this one might sting a bit, too.
Erick Silva, who was the hottest UFC Welterweight prospect on the planet before Jon Fitch put him through his grinder and spit him out at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Oct. 13, 2012, has been forced out of his planned mixed martial arts (MMA) match up with Jay Hieron on Super Bowl weekend with an undisclosed injury.
UFC broke the bad news on Twitter.com earlier this evening; however, the good news is that the promotion already has a replacement lined up for "The Thoroughbred" at UFC 156 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Feb. 2, 2013:
"T-Wood" will look to rebound from his first ever professional MMA loss, which came in devastating and punishing fashion courtesy of Nate Marquardt in their four-round battle for the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight belt back in July 2012. Woodley put forth a spirited effort, but the punches knees and elbow of the "Great" (watch the destruction here) proved to be just too much to handle.
This appearance will mark the Octagon debut for the NCAA Division 1 All-American wrestling powerhouse out of the University of Missouri.
Hieron, meanwhile, is looking to get back to consistency, dropping two of his three most recent bouts to Ben Askern under the Bellator banner and Jake Ellenberger at UFC on FX 5 back in Oct. 2012. Sandwiched between the decision losses was a submission win over Romario da Silva at Legacy FC 12.
UFC 156 features a "super fight" between 145-pound superstars Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar in the main event, while a a heavyweight showdown between Alistair Overeem vs. Antonio Silva is expected to serves as the co-main event of the evening. Light Heavyweight veterans -- Rashad Evans vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira -- will also be featured on the pay-per-view (PPV) main card along with a select few others.