UFC Fight Night 75 has been struck with an injury as Matt Hobar has had to pull out of his fight with an injury. His bout with Norifumi Yamamoto was set to take place on the main card of the UFC’s return to Japan.
UFC Fight Night 75 will be held on September 27, 2015 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event will be the fourth that the organisation has hosted in Saitama, following UFC 144 in February 2012, UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann in March 2013, and UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson in September 2014.
The event is expected to be headlined by a heavyweight bout between former UFC Heavyweight champion Josh Barnett and The Ultimate Fighter 10heavyweight winner Roy Nelson.
Hobar announced the injury on his Facebook page and explained the reason why he has to pull out of the fight.
With a heavy heart I am letting everyone know I will no longer be fighting in Japan. I sustained a neck injury about two weeks ago and after X-rays and and a MRI cannot have contact for the next six weeks per doctors instruction.
Hobar (9-3 MMA), the former Legacy FC bantamweight champion was coming off a ‘Fight of the Night’ unanimous decision loss to Sergio Pettis at UFC 181 and was looking to get back in the win column in Japan. Following his announcement, Hobar had a message for his fans
I trained hard for this fight, I will not be deterred. I will be back stronger & better than ever. Thank you for always supporting me. Love you guys.
There is no news yet whether Norifumi Yamamoto will receive a new opponent on such short notice or whether the fight will be scrapped from the card.
With this withdrawal UFC Fight Night 75 now looks like this.
Main Card (Fox Sports 1 and BT Sport)
Josh Barnett vs. Roy Nelson
Gegard Mousasi vs. Uriah Hall
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Chico Camus
Takeya Mizugaki vs. George Roop
Norifumi Yamamoto vs. TBC
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 2)
Katsunori Kikuno vs. Diego Brandao
Keita Nakamura vs. Li Jingliang
Nick Hein vs. Yusuke Kasuya
Naoyuki Kotani vs. Kajan Johnson
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Shinsho Anzai vs. Roger Zapata