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UFC 85: Wain and Chonan Withdraw, Sanchez and Burns Named as Replacements

Eddie SanchezMore changes have hit the UFC 85 fight card as undercard fighters Neil Wain and Ryo Chonan have both been forced to withdraw from their scheduled UFC 85 bouts. The latest lineup changes were announced earlier today.

UFC 85 “Bedlam” takes place on June 7th at the O2 Arena in London, England and will be broadcast on pay-per-view. The fight card features a main event welterweight bout between former champion and future hall of famer Matt Hughes and Thiago Alves. Also on the main car are Michael Bisping versus Jason Day, Marcus Davis versus Mike Swick, Nate Marquardt versus Thales Leites, and Fabricio Werdum versus Brandon Vera.

An undefeated up-and-comer from Britain, Wain was forced to withdraw from his scheduled undercard bout against Antoni Hardonk after suffering a broken nose. UFC veteran Eddie Sanchez (10-1) has stepped up to replace Wain. After defeating seven straight opponent via stoppage to begin his career, Sanchez defeated Mario Neto via seond-round KO in his UFC debut at UFC 63. He was next defeated by Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at UFC 67 but has bounced back with back-to-back UFC wins over Colin Robinson and Soa Palelei.

Replacing Chonan, who withdrew after sustaining a rib injury, against Roan Carneiro on the preliminary card will be Kevin Burns (4-1). Burns has won his last two straight and has never had a fight go the distance. His lone loss came via doctor’s stoppage in early-2007 and in his last bout, Burns defeated Steve Schneider in late-2007 via second round submission.

Remember, will have live coverage of the entire event on June 7th beginning at 3pm ET.

Main Card

  • Matt Hughes vs. Thiago Alves
  • Michael Bisping vs. Jason Day
  • Marcus Davis vs. Mike Swick
  • Nate Marquardt vs. Thales Leites
  • Fabricio Werdum vs. Brandon Vera

Preliminary Bouts

  • Jorge Rivera vs. Martin Kampmann
  • Matt Wiman vs. Thiago Tavares
  • Roan Carneiro vs. Kevin Burns
  • Luiz Cane vs. Jason Lambert
  • Paul Taylor vs. Jess Liaudin
  • Antoni Hardonk vs. Eddie Sanchez

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