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Erik Perez injured, out of UFC 180 fight with Marcus Brimage

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The UFC lost one of its Mexican fighters for the promotion’s debut in Mexico City.

Erik Perez, who was scheduled to take on Marcus Brimage at the UFC 180 card in Mexico on Nov. 15, was forced to withdraw from the card with a shoulder injury, sources told Indiscutido. MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani confirmed the news Friday.

The promotion is currently seeking a replacement opponent for Brimage, who will try to get back on track following losses to Conor McGregor and Russell Doane.

Prior to his losing skid, American Top Team’s Brimage was 3-0 in the Octagon with wins over Stephen Bass, Maximo Blanco and Jimy Hettes.

Headlined by Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum for the heavyweight championship, UFC 180 takes place at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

Update: Brimage will now face Jumabieke Tuerxun at UFC Fight Night 55 in Sydney, Australia, according to UFC officials Friday evening.