Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Junior dos Santos out, Justin McCully to face Mike Russow at UFC 102 in Portland

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Fast-rising UFC heavyweight prospect Junior dos Santos (8-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has been pulled from the the preliminary card at UFC 102, and Justin McCully (9-4-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will instead face UFC newcomer Mike Russow (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

McCully announced the change on today's edition of Radio (

Headlined by a heavyweight contest between MMA legends Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, UFC 102 takes place Aug. 29 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.

McCully, who had been slated to face dos Santos, was not sure why his original opponent was pulled from the bout, and was not immediately able to reach the Brazilian for comment.

McCully most recently fought in a December 2008 win over Eddie Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 16. The 12-year veteran has won five of his past six contests, the lone loss coming by submission to Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 86 in July 2008.

Prior to the Gonzaga loss, McCully had earned a unanimous-decision win over Antoni Hardonk in April 2007, his first appearance for the UFC.

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