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Sam Sicilia Replacement Named For UFC 173

Andrew Ravens

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Doo Ho Choi (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was originally scheduled to face at this month UFC 173 PPV againstĀ  Sam Sicilia (12-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC)However Choi had to pull out of his fight with Sicilia. Sicilia now will face Aaron Phillips (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

The main event of this event is Renan Barao vs. T.J. Dillashaw.

Sam Sicilia has seven knockouts, for submission and 1 decision victories in his MMA career. He has been knocked out once and submitted twice. He made his UFC debut back in 2012 against Cristiano Marcello which he beat him via KO in the second round. He lost to Rony Mariano Bezerra via 2nd rd KO, and then Maximo Blanco via Unanimous decision. He beat Godofredo Castro via KO in November of 2013. However, in his last fight he lost to Cole Miller via Rear-Naked Choke in January.

UFC 173 takes place May 24 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Aaron Phillips has three knockout and 2 decision victories in his MMA career. He won his first three fights via knockout in the first round. He then went on to win his last two via decision. This will be his UFC debut.

This is how the rest of the card looks like:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Renan Barao vs. T.J. Dillashaw
  • for UFC bantamweight title
  • Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson
  • Jake Ellenberger vs. Robbie Lawler
  • Takeya Mizugaki vs. Francisco Rivera
  • James Krause vs. Jamie Varner

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo
  • Tony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno
  • Chico Camus vs. Chris Holdsworth
  • Mitch Clarke vs. Al Iaquinta

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Anthony Njokuani vs. Vinc Pichel
  • Aaron Phillips vs. Sam Sicilia
  • Jingliang Li vs. David Michaud



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