A pair of injuries have forced yet another change to the UFC 163 fight card as Phil Harris and Clint Hester had to bow out. A pair of UFC newcomers will replace the two injured fighters as Brazilians José Maria Tome (33-3) and Thiago “Marreta” Santos (8-1) will fill in. Globo reported the Tome fight, while UFC officials recently announced the Santos change.
No word yet on whether the changes will precipitate more changes to the beleaguered August lineup.
UFC 163 takes place August 3 at the HSBC Arena in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The UFC 163 fight card is headlined by a UFC featherweight title bout pitting champion José Aldo against “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. Light heavyweights Lyoto Machida and Phil Davis will co-headline the August billing.
UFC 163 Fight Card:
Main Card (Pay-per-view 10PM ET)
- UFC Featherweight Title Fight: José Aldo (c) vs. Chan Sung Jung
- Phil Davis vs. Lyoto Machida
- Cezar Ferreira vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
- Thales Leites vs. Tom Watson
- John Lineker vs. José Maria Tome
Preliminary Card (FX 8PM ET)
- Vinny Magalhães vs. Anthony Perosh
- Sheila Gaff vs. Amanda Nunes
- Neil Magny vs. Sergio Moraes
- Ian McCall vs. Iliarde Santos
Preliminary Card (Facebook 6:30PM ET)
- Josh Clopton vs. Rani Yahya
- Francimar Barroso vs. Ednaldo Oliveira
- Viscardi Andrade vs. Bristol Marunde