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Wilson Gouveia Forced Off UFC 102 With Back Injury

Wilson GouveiaMiddleweight Wilson Gouveia (pictured) has withdrawn from his UFC 102 matchup against Ed Herman after suffering a back injury that will sideline him until at least October.

MMA News first reported the injury on Friday just days after Herman was tapped to replace an injured James Irvin and take on Gouveia at the August 29 event in Portland.

Though the UFC could keep Herman and the card and seek a replacement for the 185-pound fight, the promotion is expected to scratch the bout entirely and instead add Herman to one of its other upcoming cards against an opponent to-be-determined.

Prior to accepting the fight against Gouveia, Herman had been set to fight Aaron Simpson on September 16 at UFC Fight Night 19 in Oklahoma City, but it was reported earlier Friday that Simpson would instead fight Dan Miller at the Spike-televised event. Whether that fight will be altered following Gouviea’s injury is not yet known.

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