Jimi Manuwa out with a broken foot. Ovince St. Preux will now step in to fight Shogun Ruaby Chris Houten - @mrhouts
Jimi Manuwa is out of UFC Fight 56 with a broken foot. Ovince St. Preux, who had been scheduled to take on Francimar Barroso in the co-main event will now step in on a weeks notice to replace the injured Brit in next weeks main event taking on Shogun Rua. UFC president Dana White announced the injury and subsequent replacement via twitter earlier today:
Jimmy Manuwa broke his foot for his Nov 8th fight with Shogun. So now Ovince St Preux will fight… http://t.co/dIZCmantuHUFC Fight Night 56 takes place Nov. 8 at Ginasio Municipal Tancredo Nevas in Uberlandia, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The event will broadcast live on BT Sports in the UK and Fox Sports in US following Fight Pass prelims.
— Dana White (@danawhite) October 29, 2014
Looking to bounce back from the first loss of his career, when he was defeated by Alexander Gustafsson at UFC Fight Night 37 in March, Manuwa was set to fight for the first time outside of the UK, taking on Pride legend Shogun Rua in the main event at UFC Fight Night 56. The British striker will now have to wait longer for a chance to get back in the win column with it not yet know how long the former UCMMA champion will be out of action.
His opponent Rua, himself looking to bounce back for a loss in his last fight, where he was knocked out in brutal fashion by Dan Henderson will now face former Strikeforce challenger Ovince St. Preux, who was expected to face Francimar Barroso in evenings co-main event.
Former UFC Light-Heavyweight champion Rua, represent a huge step up in class for Preux from his original opponent Barroso, as he looks to return to winning ways following a loss in his last fight to Ryan Bader. Prior to the loss to Bader, St. Preux was on a 4 fight win streak in the UFC including finishes over Ryan Jimmo, Nikkita, Krylov, and Cody Donovan. It is not yet know if Fancimar Barroso will still feature on the card.
With the addition of Rua vs St. Preux, UFC Fight 56 now features:
Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince St. Preux
TBA vs. Francimar Barroso
Ian McCall vs. John Lineker
Warlley Alves vs. Alan Jouban
Juliana Lima vs. Nina Ansaroff
Diego Rivas vs. Rodolfo Rubio
Cláudio Silva vs. Leon Edwards
Caio Magalhães vs. Trevor Smith
Dhiego Lima vs. Pawel Pawlak
Leandro Silva vs. Charlie Brenneman
Fight Pass Card
Thomas Almeida vs. Tim Gorman
Wagner Silva vs. Colby Covington
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