Sources: Injury Forces Ben Saunders Out of UFC Fight Night Bout vs. Erick Silva

By C.J. Tuttle Mar 7, 2015
Ben Saunders is out of his scheduled bout against Erick Silva. | Dave Mandel/

Ben Saunders has suffered an injury during training which has forced him to withdraw from his welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night “Maia vs. LaFlare” against Erick Silva.

Multiple sources close to the situation informed of the injury on Friday. The UFC has yet to publicly address Saunders’ ailment.

The March 21 card -- which takes place at Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro -- has been hit with multiple injuries since its inception. It was originally dubbed UFC Fight Night “Faber vs. Assuncao,” but Raphael Assuncao had to pull out of the event because a broken ankle he suffered in December had not completely healed.

In addition, an injury to Josh Thomson canceled his scrap with Gilbert Burns. Finally, a back injury forced Matt Wiman to withdraw from his scheduled clash with Leonardo Santos.

The UFC Fight Night bill is headlined by a welterweight clash between Demian Maia and Ryan LaFlare, while Burns squares off against Alex Oliveira in another featured bout.


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