According to Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting, Tarec Saffiedine is injured and is out of his bout with Rick Story next Sunday at UFC Fight Night 88.
UFC Fight Night 88 will be held on May 29, 2016 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The UFC is looking for a potential replacement for Saffiedine according to Helwani, even though no official word has come from the promotion regarding the injury. The fight takes place in exactly seven days from now.
Saffiedine (16-4 MMA) was coming off a unanimous decision win over Jake Ellenberger at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader in January of this year following just under a year and a half away from the cage.
Story (18-8 MMA) is returning from injury following neck surgery. Story’s last appearence in the octagon came in an upset win over Gunnar Nelson at UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story in October 2004.
With this news, UFC Fight Night 88 now looks like this:
Main Card (Fox Sports 1)
Thomas Almeida vs. Cody Garbrandt
Renan Barão vs. Jeremy Stephens
TBA vs. Rick Story
Chris Camozzi vs. Vitor Miranda
Jorge Masvidal vs. Lorenz Larkin
Josh Burkman vs. Paul Felder
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Sara McMann vs. Jessica Eye
Abel Trujillo vs. Jordan Rinaldi
Jake Collier vs. Alberto Uda
Erik Koch vs. Shane Campbell
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Aljamain Sterling vs. Bryan Caraway
Chris De La Rocha vs. Adam Milstead