Report: Robert Drysdale pulled from UFC 163 due to Staph infection

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The bane of grapplers everywhere has struck again!

Well, this sucks.

Newly-signed Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight grappler, Robert Drysdale, has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming fight against Ednaldo Oliveira at the UFC 163: "Aldo vs. Korean Zombie" pay-per-view (PPV) event on Aug. 3, 2013 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Las Vegas Review-Journal cites Staph infection as the reason for the withdrawal.

Drysdale (6-0) made his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut just over three years ago and has competed sporadically on the regional circuit, splitting his time between Armageddon Fighting Championships (AFC) and Legacy Fighting Championship (LFC), the latter of which played host to his most recent victory, a first-round submission over D.J. Linderman back in April.

In fact, all six of his wins have ended in the opening frame by way of tap, nap or snap.

No possible replacement has been named at this time and with just over two weeks until fight night, it could be dificult to secure a replacement on such notice. Then again, this is Brazil we're talking about, so I'm sure there has to be someone at a local gym capable of stepping up.

Happens all the time.

UFC 163 features a featherweight championship main event as Brazilian sensation Jose Aldo puts his belt on the line against fellow World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) import Chan Sung Jung. Light heavyweight contenders Lyoto Machida and Phil Davis tangle in the co-main event.

For more news and notes on UFC 163: "Aldo vs. Korean Zombie," be sure to visit our complete event archive here.


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