Despite a recent injury suffered by Alessio Sakara, Jorge Rivera is still fighting at UFC 133 on Aug. 6 in Philadelphia following a quick shuffle of the "Evans vs. Ortiz II" preliminary card.
The promotion today announced that Constantinos Philippou, originally booked to throw hands opposite Rafael Natal, will be promoted to the televised portion of the UFC 133 fight card to replace "Legionarius."
That, of course, leaves "Sapo" without a date to the big dance.
Fortunately the UFC has a pretty deep Rolodex and was able to get former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7 contestant Paul Bradley to verbally commit to an appearance in "The City of Brotherly Love."
"The Gentleman" (16-2) has strung together three straight submission wins, including a rear naked choke over Johnny Rees under the Strikeforce banner back in September 2010.
The culprit for Sakara's injury is a torn ACL.
This marks the third time the UFC has attempted to set up a fight between Rivera and Sakara. Back at UFC 118, it was Rivera that got hurt and withdrew.
Several months later at UFC 122, Sakara had a tummy-ache and was forced to pull out. Now, it's the former Italian boxer again. If and when the UFC tries to set up this fight for a fourth time, don't be surprised to see these two confined to a padded room prior to fight night.
To get up to speed on all the recent UFC 133 changes, to which there are plenty, head over to our constantly changing "Evans vs. Ortiz II" fight card and line-up here.