Ian McCall, Joe Riggs Withdraw from UFC Fight Night Nashville Due to Injury

By Tristen Critchfield Jul 23, 2015
Ian McCall has pulled out of his scheduled UFC Fight Night appearance. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Flyweight Ian McCall and middleweight Joe Riggs have withdrawn from their respective bouts at UFC Fight Night "Teixeira vs. St. Preux."

As a result of those two injuries, Dustin Ortiz and Uriah Hall have new opponents at the Aug. 8 event. Ortiz will lock horns with Willie Gates at 125 pounds, while Hall will face Oluwale Bamgbose at middleweight. Promotion officials announced the changes on Thursday evening.

McCall is 2-3-1 in the UFC and has not competed since a unanimous decision loss to John Lineker at UFC 183 on Jan. 31. Riggs, meanwhile, was planning a middleweight return against Hall after losing back-to-back fights to Ben Saunders and Patrick Cote at welterweight.

The UFC Fight Night card takes place at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Aug. 8 and is headlined by a light heavyweight clash between Glover Teixeira and Ovince St. Preux.

Gates, a former Tachi Palace Fights flyweight champion, is coming off a first-round stoppage of Darrell Montague at “The Ultimate Fighter 21” finale on July 12. The Californian has won six of his last seven bouts overall, with a submission loss to John Moraga at UFC on Fox 13 the only blemish on his ledger during that time.

Bamgbose has posted five straight victories -- all with the Ring of Combat organization -- to begin his professional MMA career. The 27-year-old New Yorker has finished all of his foes inside of a round, including a 24-second stoppage of Brian Booth in his most recent outing at ROC 51.


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