Hector Lombard is out of his proposed clash with Dong Hyun Kim at UFC: Macau, and will be replaced by Tyron Woodley, according to UFC President Dana White.
White is in Hong Kong for a press conference about the upcoming card and among the news that filtered out was that Lombard had to withdraw from the event via injury. Instead, Woodley will now face Hyun Kim in the co-main event of the evening.
Woodley is fresh off a devastating loss to Rory MacDonald and has been accused by Dana White of 'choking' in big fights, so it's a surprise he's been thrust back into a top clash. He'll have just under two months of recuperation and training for when the two meet on August 23.
Woodley is already in the region, as he's in Singapore training with The Ultimate Fighter China Welterweight winner, Zhang Lipeng, who also fights on the card. It will be the third time that the UFC has hosted an event in China, and it's one of the biggest cards they'll have to date.
So far only three fights have been announced but it's clear that the UFC is taking it's China expansion efforts with the utmost importance. Cung Le will return to the Octagon, for the first time in nearly two years, to face Michael Bisping in the main event.
Le last fought at the UFC's initial Macau event, where he defeated Rich Franklin in the first round, back in November 2012. Alongside that they have the #4 and #9 ranked fighters in Woodley and Hyun Kim, with the South Korean Kim riding a four match winning streak coming into the fight.
One of those wins for 'Stun Gun' came in Macau when he defeated John Hathaway via spinning back elbow in March. There's also the TUF: China Featherweight finale, as Jianping Yang will finally face off against Guangyou Ning after the fight was delayed due to injury back in February.
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