Sergio Moraes told MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz that he has suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee, knocking him out of the TUF 18 Finale on Nov. 30 in Las Vegas. MMA Junkie was the first to report Moraes’ withdrawal from the event.
Moraes, who found about the extent of his injury this week, will need surgery for the injury. He was expected to face Sean Spencer in a welterweight fight at the event.
There is no timetable for his return. Spencer doesn’t have a new opponent as of yet.
It didn’t take long to find someone willing to step up and meet Sergio Pettis.
The news that Vaughan Lee had to pull out of his UFC 167 fight with Pettis had barely settled in when veteran Will Campuzano took to Twitter to say he’s taking the spot in the bantamweight bout on Nov. 16 in Las Vegas.
Pettis, the 20-year-old younger brother of UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, brings a 9-0 record into his much-hyped UFC debut. He’s got three submissions and three knockouts among his nine wins and held the RFA flyweight title.
Campuzano, meanwhile, brings a 13-4 record into his second UFC stint. The Texan went 1-2 in the WEC as an undersized bantamweight and the 0-2 in the UFC in 2010-11. Since then, he’s gone 5-0, including a knockout victory over highly regarded flyweight prospect Josh Sampo.
Lee had to pull out of the fight due to an undisclosed injury.
Two submission artists will collide at the TUF 18 Finale.
Sources close to the situation told MMAFighting.com that Zak Cummings and Sergio Moraes, both coming off first-round submission victories inside the Octagon, are set to meet on Nov. 30 in Las Vegas. Combate first reported the news.
Cummings (16-3), a TUF 17 alum, made his official UFC debut against Ben Alloway at UFC Fight Night 27, scoring his ninth submission win in MMA with a brabo choke that earned him an extra $ 50,000 for the best submission of the night.
Moraes (8-2), a decorated black belt in jiu-jitsu, lost to Daniel Sarafian in the semifinals of TUF: Brazil 2 in 2012, but replaced an injured Sarafian in the finals against Cezar Ferreira. Following the loss to Ferreira in his UFC debut, “Serginho” submitted Renee Forte and Neil Magny in Brazil.
As for Pettis, he’ll be hunting for his 10th consecutive win overall, and his fourth of 2013. The 20-year-old “Phenom” may have been a terror on the regional circuit, but those first-time Octagon jitters can be tough on anyone. In other UFC 167 news…
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Not long after news surfaced that the younger brother of Anthony Pettis, Sergio, is UFC bound, it looks like the 20 year-old has his first opponent secured. According to Globo’s Combate.com, Pettis will take on bantamweight Vaughan Lee on November 16th at UFC 167. MMA Junkie.com has also confirmed that the fighters have verbally agreed […]
Yesterday, we informed you that UFC veteran Jeff Curran was forced to pull out of his RFA 8 headlining bout with Sergio Pettis last weekend on account of his injured dog. While we will never knock a guy for loving his pooch, it goes without saying that his withdrawal left short notice replacement, Dillard “Joe” Pegg, up shit creek without a paddle. Scratch that, Pegg had a paddle, but as he was about to put it in the aforementioned shit-water, Pettis leapt up from beneath the murky surface and broke it off in Pegg’s ass.
To be fair, the 5-1 Pegg — who had collected all of his previous victories by first round stoppage — wasn’t afraid to bring the fight to Sergio, even landing a couple decent shots in the early going. But once “Showtime’s” little bro found his range, a 1-2 combination was all he needed to send Pegg looking for the nearest exit. The win improved Pettis’ incredible, undefeated record (the kid is only 19) to a perfect 8-0. If he plans on following in the footsteps of his brother, we should hear an announcement that Pettis is dropping down a weight class and fighting for the RFA strawweight title any day now. They have one of those, right?