A planned bantamweight matchup between Hugo Viana and Wilson Reis has been pulled from UFC Fight Night 28.
Viana this week announced his withdrawal from the Sept. 4 event due to a knee injury sustained during jiu-jitsu practice. Viana indicated that the injury was not serious, and said he will start treatment next week.
UFC Fight Night 28 takes place at Felipe Drummond Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and is headlined by a light heavyweight showdown between Glover Teixeira and Ryan Bader. The event airs live on Fox Sports 1 and will also see former Strikeforce champion Ronaldo Souza collide with Yushin Okami in a middleweight co-headliner.
Viana suffered the first loss of his career in his last outing, sustaining a first-round knockout at the hands of T.J. Dillashaw in April at UFC on Fox 7. Prior to that setback, “Wolverine” had won seven straight fights, besting “TUF: Brazil” cast mate John Teixeira da Conceicao in his Octagon debut before knocking out Reuben Duran in his sophomore effort this past December.
Reis, meanwhile, would have ridden a four-fight winning streak into his UFC debut. The former EliteXC 140-pound champion competed in four tournaments for Bellator from 2009 to 2011, stumbling thrice at featherweight before cutting to 135 pounds and getting knocked out by Eduardo Dantas in the Season 5 quarterfinals. The 28-year-old has found nothing but success since his Bellator departure, however, notching three wins last year under the Matrix Fights and Cage Warriors banners.