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 is scheduled for January 14th at the HSBC Arena. Featherweight champion Jose Aldo defends his title against rising challenger Chad Mendes in the night's main event.
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