Injuries continue to plague the UFC’s return to Nashville, Tenn.
The latest setback to the card is an injury to promotional newcomer Reza Madadi, who has been forced out of his fight against Fabricio Camoes. UFC officials confirmed Madadi’s injury late Friday night and said a replacement opponent is being sought for Camoes – with less than a week before the card.
Madadi had originally been scheduled to meet Rafaello Oliveira, a Tennessee-based fighter, on the card. But Oliveira had to pull out of the fight last month with an injury, and the UFC tapped Camoes as his replacement.
Camoes (13-6-1, 0-1-1 UFC) returns to the UFC after two fights outside the promotion, both wins. Camoes brought a seven-fight winning streak into his UFC debut at UFC 106 against Caol Uno. But he lost a point for an illegal kick to Uno’s head and had to settle for a draw. Four months later, Camoes was submitted by Kurt Pellegrino at UFC 111 and was released. But a pair of Tachi Palace Fights wins over UFC vets Steve Lopez and Steve Lopez got Camoes his return call.
Madadi (11-2) was to bring a six-fight winning streak into his UFC debut, which will now have to wait. The Swedish-Iranian lightweight holds notable wins over recent UFC signee Carlo Prater and UFC vets Rich Clementi and Junie Browning.
In addition to the main event lightweight bout between Guillard and Miller, who recently had long winning streaks snapped, UFC on FX 1 features a heavyweight bout between Pat Barry and Christian Morecraft, plus a welterweight fight featuring Josh Neer and Duane Ludwig on the main card. The UFC last visited Nashville for UFC Fight Night 18 in April 2009. That card set a then-record for attendance for a Fight Night show. The main card for the event will air live on the FX cable channel. The preliminary card will air on Fuel TV.