The UFC injury saga continues.
A seeming curse has been over the UFC’s matchmaking in 2012 and the curse appears to be in it to the bitter end, as the organization’s end-of-year UFC 155 event has received another blow with co-main event competitor Forrest Griffin forced out of his bout against Phil Davis.
UFC President Dana White tweeted the news earlier today: “Forrest Has MCL tear and ACL strain. 20 cc’s of blood removed from his knee and the saga continues at the UFC!!”
White mentioned no possible replacement for Griffin.
This is yet another blow for not only the UFC, but also for its fans. Recent pay-per-view cards have been lacking in depth, including UFC 154 last month that featured few known names below the main event with Georges St-Pierre defending his welterweight title against Carlos Condit.
The UFC 155 card is still strong at the top with a heavyweight title bout between champion Junior Dos Santos and former champion Cain Velasquez, but the card also lost top middleweight prospect Chris Weidman due to injury and now features a co-headliner between Constantinos Philippou and Tim Boetsch.
The lack of depth on cards can also be attributed to the organization’s robust schedule, which features six events in the first nine weeks of 2013. It will be tough to keep fans on board by only being able to sell one big fight on each card, especially since the UFC was built on card depth and major stars alike.