has been forced to pull out of his UFC 138
lightweight fight against Anthony Njokuani
due to an undisclosed injury suffered in a car accident on Monday, UFC
officials confirmed with MMAFighting.com.
According to UFC.com
, Taylor's car was rear-ended at a red light and he suffered whiplash. The injury is not considered to be career-threatening, but it was serious enough to keep him off the card. Due to the event being just five days away, Njokuani will be kept off the card.
ESPN UK first reported Taylor's removal from the card on Tuesday.
As a result, the Cyrille Diabate
vs. Anthony Perosh
light heavyweightfight has been bumped up to the main card, which will air live via tape delay in the United States on Spike TV.
The Frenchman Diabate (17-7-1) is 2-1 inside the Octagon. He most recently defeated Steve Cantwell
at UFC Live on Versus 3 in March.
The Australian Perosh (11-6) is 1-3 in the UFC. He defeated Tom Blackledge
at UFC 127 in February to earn his first UFC win. He was scheduled to meet Krzysztof Soszynski
at UFC 131
, however, he pulled out of the fight due to an eye injury.
UFC 138 takes place Saturday night from LG Arena in Birmingham, England, headlined by Mark Munoz
vs. Chris Leben.