Canadians addede to Calgary UFC card this July
TORONTO - Light-heavyweight Thiago Silva and welterweight Thiago (Pitbull) Alves are off the UFC 149 card July 21 in Calgary due to injury.
Silva was due to meet former 205-pound champion Mauricio (Shogun) Rua while Alves was slated to face Siyar Bahadurzada, who was an injury replacement for Yoshihiro Akiyama.
Chris Clements of London, Ont., will step in for Alves at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Clements (11-4) won a split decision in his UFC debut at UFC 145 over Keith Wisniewski.
A new opponent for Rua will be announced at a later date.
In other UFC 149 news, Winnipeg bantamweight Roland Delorme (8-1) will meet Bibiano Fernandes (11-3) and welterweight Claude (The Prince) Patrick (14-2) of Mississauga, Ont., will fight James Head (8-2).
The previously announced Calgary main event pits featherweight champion Jose Aldo of Brazil against Erik Koch.
The UFC has fleshed out its UFC 150 card in Denver on Aug. 11. In featherweight action, Nik Lentz takes on Japan's Eiji Mitsuoka while "Ultimate Fighter" alumnus Dennis Bermudez meets Tom Hayden. Middleweight Michael Kuiper will face Jared (The Messenger) Hamman.
The previously announced main event is a rematch between lightweight champion Benson (Smooth) Henderson and Frankie (The Answer) Edgar.
Notes — Martin (The Hitman) Kampmann made US$124,000 for his win Friday over Jake Ellenberger in the main event of "The Ultimate Fighter Live" finale in Las Vegas. That included a $42,000 win bonus and $40,000 for fight of the night. Ellenberger collected $82,000. Lightweight Michael Chiesa, who won the TUF title, earned $56,000 including a submission of the night bonus while loser Al Iaquinta made $8,000. Chiesa also won a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The basic purse amounts provided by the Nevada State Athletic Commission do not tell the whole financial story since the UFC does not detail all its bonuses.