Sad panda is sad.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Brendan Schaub is all dressed up with nowhere to go, thanks to an untimely injury to "buddy" (?) Matt Mitrione, who was forced to withdraw from their UFC on FOX 8 fight scheduled for July 27, 2013 at KeyArena in Seattle Washington.
Officials opted to scrap the bout altogether rather than look for a replacement, something that "sucks" for Schaub, considering how much money he already laid out to fight in "Emerald City," but he's still hoping he can get bumped up to the UFC 165 card on Sept. 21 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.'
His comments to Fight Hub TV:
"Aw, man, I am a sad panda right now. Straight up! I just got done with camp, Matt Mitrione pulled out [on Thursday] so it's a killer for me. I went through a whole camp. Financially, it's not easy. I fly coaches in from all over: Denver, New Mexico, Florida ... for me to go through a whole camp not to have a fight? It sucks, man. Straight up, it sucks. I don't know what's up with Matt, Hopefully he gets better. If it is serious, I hope he's alright, he's a buddy. UFC just yanked me from the card, I wasn't given any other option. Nothing. No one accepted it, I'll tell you that much. They might have offered it to like, four or five other guys and no one stepped up to the plate, so I get taken off the card. I'm in great shape. A lot of guys are tied up. Most guys are tied up. Two weeks notice and you're fighting a guy with crazy cardio, not a lot of people are going to take it. I'm assuming they are just going to reschedule it. I would love to fight on the Toronto card. Hopefully that gives Matt enough time to rest and take care of whatever he's going through."
Schaub (9-3), who recently stunk up the place at Metamoris, rebounded from consecutive losses by taking a unanimous decision win over Lavar Johnson during the UFC 157 pay-per-view (PPV) show earlier this year in Anaheim.
While it wasn't the prettiest of victories, "The Hybrid" did what he had to do to get the win and stay afloat.
UFC 165 will be headlined by a light heavyweight title fight pitting reigning 205-pound champion Jon Jones opposite division number one contender Alexander Gustafsson at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Renan Barao will battle Eddie Wineland for the Interim bantamweight belt in the co-main event. But will Brendan Schaub face Matt Mitrione?
Time will tell.