Brian Stann is out of his fight with Hector Lombard.
The former US Marine has suffered a shoulder injury and is unable to train for the fight, which was set for August 4. The news was first reported by MMA Fighting and was since confirmed to Fighters Only by independent sources.
Stann was to be Lombard’s debut UFC opponent following the Cuban judoka’s move from Bellator FC to the UFC recently. Lombard vacated the Bellator middleweight title to make the move and could find himself straight into a title-shot situation if he wins his debut impressively.
At UFC 136 in October, Stann fought Chael Sonnen in a match that was at the time thought to be a contender eliminator. He lost by submission to a Sonnen that showed a newly-acquired aggressive submission-hunting style on the floor.
But he bounced back in style with a KO win over Alessio Sakara in Sweden on April 14. Stann received plaudits not just for the knockout but for the way he sportingly ceased his attack before the referee’s intervention to stop the fight.
Lombard comes into the UFC with a 31-2-1(1NC) record and a remarkable twenty-fight win streak which includes victories over Trevor Prangley, Jesse Taylor, Joe Doerksen, Alexander Shlemenko and Brian Ebersole.