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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, Riki Fukuda, acquired a serious leg injury after being hurt in a car crash. 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 ‘Sapo’ Natal on August 6, at UFC 133. 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. UFC 133 will take place in Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on the said date.

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MacDonald vs Natal for UFC 124

Written on October 07, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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MacDonald will be back in action and will face Natal at UFC 124 this December. Can The Athlete's ankle endure the upcoming Tourney, or will Natal find another distress?

UFC middleweight fighter Jason MacDonald is eying his return in the Octagon at UFC 124, and is slated to meet Rafael Natal. Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald is still mending his broken ankle — an injury he acquired at UFC 113 after meeting John Salter. Fortunately, MacDonald has been medically cleared to train since July, and anticipates to return into action this December.

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