Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has lost yet another main event in 2015, with No. 4 ranked bantamweight contender Raphael Assuncao being forced to withdraw from his main event rematch against former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber.
The streaking Brazilian was set to face off against the Team Alpha Male product on March 21, 2015, in the main event of UFC Fight Night 62 at the Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but it seems UFC brass will be forced to find a replacement for "The California Kid" on just over a month's notice.
Assuncao broke his ankle back in December, dashing his hopes of rematching UFC champion TJ Dillashaw early on in 2015. According to a report from Combate, the Brazilian's ankle will not be fully healed in time for the FOX Sports 1 event, thus forcing Assuncao to pull out of his rematch against Faber.
The injuries continue to pile up at inopportune times for Assuncao, as the bantamweight has won seven straight fights, including a split decision victory over TJ Dillashaw prior to the "Viper" becoming the UFC champion. Had the Brazilian not gotten injured over the last several months, he would have likely been fighting for UFC gold already.
With Faber needing an opponent, UFC will need to scramble to find someone available to take on the No. 3 ranked bantamweight in the world, and options are limited.
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