Brian Houston To Replace Antonio Braga Neto Against Derek Brunson At UFC Fight Night 31
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.24.2013
Neto out with an injury...
MMA Junkie reports that Antonio Braga Neto (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was forced out of UFC Fight Night 31 due to an injury. Brian Houston (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will replace him against middleweight Derek Brunson (10-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
"UFC Fight Night 31: UFC Fight For The Troops 3" features Lyoto Machida vs Tim Kennedy. It takes place on November 6 at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. The card will air on Fox Sports 1 after preliminary fights on Facebook. The official order of the card hasn't been revealed, so it's unknown where Brunson vs Houston will end up.
Brunson is following up on a win in his UFC debut over Chris Leben at UFC 155 in December. This followed two losses, the first of his career. He was then booked for two fights. Ronny Markes was injured after a car accident, ending that UFC on FUEL TV 10 fight, and Brunson himself was injured before a UFC 164 fifight with Yoel Romero. Houston was set to make his debut for the UFC at UFC 164 in August, replacing Brunson against Romero. However, a medical problem forced him out. His first pro fight was in April 2012. He won three of his first four fights by KO.
Neto was hoping to build from a win in his UFC debut, a submission over Anthony Smith at UFC on FUEL TV 10. It was his fourth win in a row, including a fight at heavyweight and a drop to middleweight. No word on his return at this time.
Here's the current card:
Tim Kennedy vs. Lyoto Machida
Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis
Ronny Markes vs. Yoel Romero
Rustam Khabilov vs. Jorge Masvidal
Michael Chiesa vs. Colton Smith
Bobby Green vs. James Krause
Francisco Rivera vs. George Roop
Dennis Bermudez vs. Steven Siler
Amanda Nunes vs. Germaine de Randamie
Chris Camozzi vs. Lorenz Larkin
Yves Edwards vs. Yancy Medeiros
Seth Baczynski vs. Neil Magny
Derek Brunson vs. Brian Houston