Piotr Hallmann Replaces Injured Anthony Njokuani, Meets Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night 30

By Mike Whitman Sep 26, 2013
Piotr Hallmann will attempt to earn his second UFC win against Al Iaquinta. | Piotr Pedziszewski/Sherdog.com



Anthony Njokuani will be unable to compete as expected at UFC Fight Night 30 due to injury.

Replacing the Las Vegas-based striker will be Piotr Hallmann, who will now face Al Iaquinta on Oct. 26 from Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England. The show is headlined by a pivotal middleweight showdown between Michael Bisping and Mark Munoz and will also showcase English lightweight Ross Pearson, who squares off with the hard-hitting Melvin Guillard.

Like Hallmann, Iaquinta also garnered an invite to the event as an injury replacement; the New Yorker answered the call when Paul Taylor was forced to withdraw from the show and subsequently announce his retirement. Iaquinta, 26, halted a two-fight skid in his most recent outing, when he battered Ryan Couture en route to a unanimous decision victory at UFC 164.

Hallmann, meanwhile, weathered an early storm from the powerful Francisco Trinaldo in his Sept. 4 promotional debut before securing a second-round submission of the Brazilian at UFC Fight Night 28. Also 26, the Polish prospect has not lost since October 2010 and rides a 10-fight winning streak into his clash with Iaquinta.

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