An injury has forced Kyoji Horiguchi out of next month’s UFC 169 event, officials today announced.
A replacement hasn’t been secured for Horiguchi (12-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who was planning a move from bantamweight to flyweight at the event. Chris Cariaso (15-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) now awaits a new foe.
UFC 169 takes place Feb. 1 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Horiguchi vs. Cariaso was slated for the FOX Sports 1 prelims.
Horiguchi, a Shooto vet, was a late-replacement opponent for Dustin Pague in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 166, and Horiguchi responded with a second-round TKO victory. It marked his sixth straight win.
Cariaso, meanwhile, boasts 10 combined fights under the UFC and WEC banners, including a 2-2 mark at 125 pounds since dropping to the division in July 2012. Most recently, the 32-year-old earned an impressive second-round TKO win over Iliarde Santos at UFC Fight Night 29 in Brazil.
The latest UFC 169 card includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Renan Barao vs. Urijah Faber – for bantamweight title
Champ Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas – for featherweight title
Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem
Ali Bagautinov vs. John Lineker
Abel Trujillo vs. Jamie Varner
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
John Makdessi vs. Alan Patrick
Chris Cariaso vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
Nick Catone vs. Tom Watson
Al Iaquinta vs. Kevin Lee
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Andy Enz vs. Clint Hester
Rashid Magomedov vs. Tony Martin
Neil Magny vs. Gasan Umalatov
For the latest on UFC 169, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.
(Pictured: Kyoji Horiguchi)