Recently-signed Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight grappler, Robert Drysdale, was forced to withdraw from his 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.
A staph infection was the culprit.
But now, the Las Vegas-based Drysdale will make his UFC debut in "Sin City" after all. Drysdale will meet Cody Donovan in a 205-pound bout as part of UFC 167, which is set for Nov. 16, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC officials confirmed the fight Thursday evening.
Drysdale (6-0) made his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut just over three years ago and has competed randomly on the indie circuit since, 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 submission. Drysdale has earned world championships in jiu-jitsu and passes his knowledge onto some of the UFC’s biggest draws in the discipline.
His opponent, "Donnybrook" (8-3), most recently lost via first-round knockout to Ovince St. Preux at UFC Fight Night 26 last August in Boston. Before that defeat, he was on a four-fight win streak.
Unexpectedly, the promotion also revealed that the "do or die" heavyweight showdown between former division champion, Frank Mir, and former Strikeforce / K-1 / DREAM belt holder, Alistair Overeem, will be featured on the Super Bowl weekend PPV main card, shifting from UFC 167 to give both competitors more time to prepare.
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