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UFC 133 takes major hit with loss of Nogueira and Franklin

With Antonio Rogerio Nogueira's (left) withdrawal from UFC 133, Rich Franklin was left without an opponent.

The UFC 133 fight card has taken yet another hit. The Aug. 6 event, set to take place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., has lost its co-main event match-up between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Rich Franklin.

UFC President Dana White announced via Twitter late Saturday that Nogueira had pulled out of the fight and they were working on a new fight.

A report has since confirmed that instead of finding a short-notice replacement for the injured Nogueira to face Franklin, the bout will be scrapped altogether

The light heavyweight match-up between Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama will move into the co-main event slot, and the middleweight match-up between Dennis Hallman vs. Brian Ebersole will move up to the Pay-Per-View main card.

To see the UFC 133 fight card as it stands now, refer to’s Upcoming Events page.

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