While not officially announced, according to a screenshot via Twitter, Urijah Faber has been taken out of his fight with Masanori Kanehara at UFC Fight Night 52, being replaced by Alex Caceres. Faber was set to fight for the first time outside of North America, but it seems that will not occur after-all. No official word has been given by the UFC, though this Japanese fan screenshot the following:
— shojeezy (@shojiKOkubun) August 8, 2014
Urijah Faber recently defeated Alex Caceres via third round submission, his fifth win in his last six. The bout also marked the first time Faber fought since losing via first round TKO against Renan Barao for the bantamweight title in February, his third loss inside the Octagon. Despite fighting 38 times, Faber has never fought outside of the US or Canada, and was scheduled to do so on the Japan card.
Alex Caceres had compiled a five-fight unbeaten streak heading into the bout with Faber, most notably defeating prospect Sergio Pettis via submission. The TUF 14 competitor also fought at the UFC’s last appearance in Japan, which was also held at Saitama Super Arena, and – if the rumour if true – will fight for the third time in Asia.
Standing in his way will be Masanori Kanehara who, despite technically losing his last fight (a disqualification), has a ton of momentum coming into his UFC debut. 23-11-5 as a professional, Kanehara has plenty of experience coming into his UFC debut, and has recently finished his last seven wins, heading into his last bout with a six-fight winning streak.
The UFC are yet to comment on the situation, but we will have more on the situation as it breaks.
UFC Fight Night 52 is headlined by the heavyweight contest between Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson on September 20 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Update: It has been confirmed that Urijah Faber has suffered an undisclosed injury and has indeed been replaced by Alex Caceres.