It has been announced by the UFC that Michael Bisping who was set to face Robert Whittaker at UFC 193 in Melbourne has been forced to pull out of the event due to an injured elbow.
Fortunately for fans of the sport, they won't be missing a bout, because they have a perfect replacement already lined up. The UFC's twitter account announced that Uriah Hall - straight off the back off the most impressive win of his career, against one of his toughest opponents - will be replacing the English fighter.
Hall (12-5) landed a textbook spinning side kick followed by a brutal knee to drop Mousasi in Tokyo, he followed up with savage strikes on the ground before the referee had to stop the fight. This was the first time Gegard Mousasi has ever been stopped by strikes which goes to show just how lethal the TUF finalist is.
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Robert Whittaker (14-4) goes into the fight off a full training camp preparing for the less explosive, more calculated pick-you-apart kind of fighter in Bisping and there's no doubt his game plan will be forced to change now that he's fighting Hall.
The New Zealand native Whittaker will be relishing the chance to fight so close to his home country and is likely to have very good support in the Etihad stadium.
Whatever happens November 15, with two title fights featuring Ronda Rousey and Joanna Jedrzejczyk respectively and a rematch between Mark Hunt and Antonio Bigfoot Silva who notoriously fought out on of the greatest heavyweight bouts of all time, we are bound to be in for a good night.
Adding a highlight-reel-man like Hall is only going to draw more interest for what will be a historical event for the organisation - the first ever show in Melbourne, and the first ever stadium show outside of the USA and Canada.
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