UFC.com has issued the following statement announcing injuries to Stephan Bonnar and Patrick Cote that have forced them to withdraw from scheduled April bouts:
Recent knee injuries have forced light heavyweight contender Stephan Bonnar and middleweight standout Patrick Cote to withdraw from their April bouts. Bonnar was scheduled to face Matt Hamill on April 2nd’s UFC Fight Night card in Broomfield, Colorado. Cote was expected to compete on the UFC 83 card in Montreal on April 19th against an opponent to be determined. Replacements for Bonnar and for the Cote-TBD bout are expected to be announced shortly.
Yesterday MMAFrenzy.com passed along news that UFC newcomer Jason Day would be filling Cote’s spot on the UFC 83 preliminary card against Alan Belcher.
According to a report by Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, Bonnar tore ligaments in his left knee while training jiu-jitsu and will be out a minimum of six months. He will undergo surgery “soon” in Los Angeles to repair the injured ligaments.
Stay tuned to MMAFrenzy.com for news on Bonnar’s replacement as soon as it is announced.
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