A torn LCL has forced Diego Sanchez out of UFC 180. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Things keep going downhill for UFC 180.
Just two days after Cain Velasquez pulled out of his heavyweight title defense against Fabricio Werdum due to a knee injury, the promotion has been forced to completely scrap the proposed lightweight matchup between Diego Sanchez and Joe Lauzon. The UFC announced the news on Thursday evening; as a result, a welterweight tussle pitting Edgar Garcia against Hector Urbina has been elevated to the pay-per-view bill.
UFC 180 takes place at the Mexico City Arena in Mexico City and is now headlined by an interim heavyweight title clash between Werdum and Mark Hunt.
Lauzon was originally tabbed as a replacement for the injured Norman Parke, but the Bridgewater, Mass., native withdrew from the contest earlier this week. According to the fighter's camp, Sanchez suffered a torn LCL in his knee, leaving the Las Vegas-based promotion with no other options.
As it stands, injuries have left the UFC 180 main card with just two of its five originally announced pay-per-view bouts intact: Jake Ellenberger vs. Kelvin Gastelum and Ricardo Lamas vs. Dennis Bermudez. In addition to the alteration of the heavyweight main event and the loss of Sanchez-Lauzon, a featherweight tilt between Erik Perez and Marcus Brimage was removed after Perez went down with a shoulder injury earlier this month.