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Alessio Sakara Injured, Joe Vedepo in Against Gerald Harris at UFC 118

Gerald HarrisA knee injury has forced rising middleweight Alessio Sakara to withdraw from his UFC 118 fight against Gerald Harris, but Joe Vedepo will return to the UFC and meet Harris at the August 28 event in Boston, MMAFighting reports.

The matchup remained on the Spike-televised UFC 118 prelims when Harris recently replaced an injured Jorge Rivera, but will now take place on the unaired preliminary card, according to MMA Weekly.

It has not yet been determined what bout will replace it on the Spike prelims, which also feature Joe Lauzon vs. late-replacement Gabe Ruediger.

Vedepo (11-3) has won four-straight since being released by the UFC in 2009 following back-to-back losses, while Harris (17-2) scored a highlight reel slam KO Dave Branch at July’s UFC 116 to improve to 3-0 in the UFC.

The UFC 118 fight card is headlined by a rematch between lightweight champ Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn and also features Randy Couture vs. James Toney and Kenny Florian vs. Gray Maynard.

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