The hits just keep coming for UFC 142.
UFC light heavyweight veteran Fabio Maldonado (18-4) has been scratched from the Brazilian show after suffering an undisclosed injury in training. Maldonado was slated to face promotional newcomer Caio Magalhaes (5-0) on the night's undercard, however with the event less than a week away, UFC officials had no choice but to scrap the fight.
Magalhaes originally replaced Stanislov Nedkov (12-0), who was forced off the card in mid-December due to visa issues.
An undefeated 24-year-old out of Nova Uniao, Magalhaes hoped to debut in the UFC after an impressive three-year run in the Brazilian regional circuit. "Hellboy" last competed at December's Shooto event, picking up a split decision victory over Ismael de Jesus.
Meanwhile, Team Nogueira product Maldonado entered the fray for the first time since suffering a unanimous decision loss to Kyle Kingsbury in June. The setback snapped an eleven-fight winning streak, although the 31-year-old still earned a sizeable "Fight of the Night" bonus for his work.
UFC 142 fight card:
Main card (Pay-per-view):
Featherweight Championship: Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes
Middleweight: Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson
Middleweight: Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Massenzio
Welterweight: Erick Silva vs. Carlo Prater
Lightweight: Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim
Preliminary card (FX):
Lightweight: Thiago Tavares vs. Sam Stout
Heavyweight: Ednaldo Oliveira vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Welterweight: Mike Pyle vs. Ricardo Funch
Featherweight: Felipe Arantes vs. Antonio Carvalho
Featherweight: Michihiro Omigawa vs. Yuri Alcantara