Nine days before the show, the UFC Fight Night 58 card has suffered another change.
Rony Jason, winner of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, was forced to withdraw from a bout with Tom Niinimaki, booked for UFN 58 in Barueri, Brazil, on Dec. 20, and will be replaced by Renato Carneiro.
Jason confirmed his injury to MMAFighting.com, and Combate reported his replacement.
"My hand again," said Jason, who broke his left hand in his last UFC bout against Robbie Peralta in May. "I can’t close by hand since the surgery. Every time I throw a punch and someone blocks it, my hand goes numb. The doctor made a mistake in the surgery, but they won’t admit it."
Jason will have to undergo another hand surgery.
Stepping in to replace the TUF: Brazil winner is Carneiro, a 8-0-1 featherweight from Constrictor Team. "Moicano", the current Jungle Fight interim featherweight champion, went 8-0 under the Jungle Fight banner since 2010, scoring four of his wins by submission.
Niinimaki (21-7-1) enters his fourth UFC bout with his back against the wall after consecutive submission losses to Niklas Backstrom and Chas Skelly. His only victory inside the Octagon came in his promotional debut against Carneiro’s teammate Rani Yahya.
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Renan Barao vs. Mitch Gagnon
Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Patrick Cummins
Elias Silverio vs. Rashid Magomedov
Erick Silva vs. Mike Rhodes
Rony Jason vs. Renato Carneiro
Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Igor Pokrajac
Daniel Sarafian vs. Antonio dos Santos
Darren Elkins vs. Hacran Dias
Leandro Issa vs. Yuta Sasaki
Marcio Alexandre Jr. vs. Tim Means
Vitor Miranda vs. Jake Collier