Once again, welterweight Jeff Joslin has been forced to withdraw from a bout because of an undisclosed injury, according to FightNetwork.com.
The Canadian — who is a black belt in jiu-jitsu and karate — was scheduled to face Chris Lytle at UFC 73: "Stacked" at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California, on July 7. Joslin also had to pull out of his fight with Kuniyoshi Hironaka at UFC Fight Night 9 last month with a similar issue.
Although the two injuries are unrelated, it's a recurring them that has Joslin none to pleased.
Here's a snip:
"I've been going through a few days of being pissed off. I was looking forward to the fight; he's [Lytle] a well-known name and it was a good opportunity."
Indeed, a win or solid performance against The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 4 170-pound finalist would have been a tremendous lift for Joslin, who is still trying to redeem himself after a unanimous decision loss to Josh Koscheck in his UFC debut late last year.
Now, Octagon veteran Drew Fickett — fresh of a win over Keita Nakamura at UFN 9 and a late-night weekend bender earlier this month in New Jersey — will fill-in for Joslin and go up against "Lights Out."
Fickett is a very game opponent and should match up well with Lytle. While I was looking forward to seeing Joslin go toe-to-toe with Lytle, I can't say that I'm disappointed with his replacement.
It should be a very solid fight.