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Report: Robert Drysdale’s UFC Debut Delayed

Kelsey Mowatt

Robert Drysdale

Jiu-jitsu enthusiasts who have been eagerly awaiting the Octagon debut of former ADCC champ Robert Drysdale may have to wait longer, as according to a report, the fighter will no longer fight Ednaldo Oliveira at UFC 163.

News of Drysdale’s withdrawal is being reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which has been informed the BJJ black belt has been forced to withdraw due to a staph infection. The UFC has not, as of yet, announced Drysdale removal from the event.

The 32 year-old Drysdale moved into pro MMA in 2010 and since then he’s won six straight fights. All six fights have ended by first round submission, which is befitting of a guy whose resume is replete with grappling titles. Most recently, Drysdale tapped out DJ Linderman with an opening round, rear-naked-choke at a Legacy Fighting Championship card in April.

Oliveira (13-1-1) has not fought since last January when he was submitted by former heavyweight contender Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 142. The bout was the Brazilian fighter’s Octagon debut.

UFC 163 will be hosted by the HSBC Bank Arena in Rio de Janeiro and will be headlined by a bout between featherweight champ Jose Aldo and Chan Sung Jung.

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