The replacement was confirmed by the UFC on Friday afternoon just hours before the official weigh-ins for the event. Though the UFC only announced the switch as “a last-minute scratch”, Wilson wrote on his blog that the NSAC didn’t approve some of his medical information and there simply wasn’t enough time to fulfill the requirements to remain on the card.
Wilson confirmed that he’ll instead fight on the “earliest possible show”.
Pyle, who trains at Xtreme Couture, signed with the UFC earlier this week and was prepard to step in on short notice should the need arise. Thought UFC President Dana White was hopeful the UFC wouldn’t need Pyle’s services this weekend and would instead schedule his debut for a card later this year, Wilson’s departure provided an opportunity for Pyle to make his Octagon debut. A veteran of EliteXC, Strikeforce, Affliction, and the IFL, Pyle has won four-straight bouts, but has not competed since an October first-round submission of Brian Gassaway.
[Pictured: Mike Pyle]