Nogueira Out Vs. Franklin, Belfort Vs. Akiyama Promoted At UFC 133

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By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

A shoulder injury to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has lead to quite a few changes to UFC 133 which is just three short weeks away.

Nogueira had been pegged to face Rich Franklin in the co-main event of the evening on the card which features Rashad Evans taking on Tito Ortiz in the main event. With the Brazilian, injured Franklin has been pulled from the card altogether and Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama will now move into the co-main event slot.

With Franklin off the card, a slot on the main card also opened up and has been filled with a welterweight clash between Brian Ebersole and Dennis Hallman.

The card has been plague by injuries, Ortiz will be the third opponent for Evans who had been scheduled to first challenge Jon Jones for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, but injuries forced both Jones and his replacement Phil Davis out of the fight.

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