UFC 166 just wasn't meant to be for Charles Oliveira.
"Do Bronx" has been ruled out of his upcoming Featherweight fight against Jeremy Larsen at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, on Oct. 19, 2013, because of a strained thigh muscle, according to various reports.
"I'm really sad because I knew how important this fight was and I know how ready I was for this," Oliveira said (via Houston Chronicle). "The doctors told me that I can't even move or this injury can get worse."
Oliveira -- whose original opponent Estevan Payan suffered an untimely injury of his own last month (more details here) -- was eager to steer out of a two-fight losing skid. He dropped a competitive unaimous decision to Frankie Edgar at UFC 162 this past July and was stopped via first round knockout in Sept. 2012 courtesy of Cub Swanson.
With the pay-per-view (PPV) event just two weeks away, it's unclear (and unlikely) at this time if a worthy replacement can be found to fight Larson on the "Prelims" portion of the mixed martial arts (MMA) card.
UFC 166 features a Heavyweight championship trilogy bout in the main event as Cain Velasquez puts his title on the line against Junior dos Santos in what will be the third meeting between the pair in less than two years. In the co-main event, Daniel Cormier and Roy Nelson will attempt to squash their brewing beef once and for all before the former embarks on a Light Heavyweight run.
That's not all.