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Constantinos Philippou Steps in for Riki Fukuda; to Face Sapo

Written on June 21, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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The Japanese middleweight fighter, Riki Fukuda, bows out of his upcoming UFC 133 bout against Rafael 'Sapo' Natal after getting in a car crash.

Japanese middleweight fighter, , acquired a serious leg injury after being hurt in a . He announced the news last Monday, via his official Twitter account.

“I was in a car accident on [June 16]. The doctor said I fractured my left knee and shin bone. It looks like surgery is needed, so I can’t participate in August. Sorry to my fans, everyone who supported me, my opponent and the UFC officials. I’ll still go hard!”

That said, Riki Fukuda won’t be able to compete against Rafael ‘’ Natal on August 6, at . With no specific date of return given by Riki Fukuda yet, Sapo announced on his personal Twitter account – hours later – that he will no be facing Constantinos Philippou on the upcoming tourney. will take place in Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on the said date.

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