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1/28/09 11:16:30PM

A rib injury recently suffered by George Sotiropolous (9-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has opened a door for UFC newcomer Matt Veach (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

Veach, a member of the Illinois-based HIT Squad, replaces Sotiropoulos in a UFC Fight Night 17 preliminary bout with Matt Grice (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC). A source close to Grice confirmed the change with (

UFC Fight Night 17 takes place Feb. 7 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla., and airs on Spike TV.

As of late Wednesday, the UFC had yet to announce the fight-card change.

The setback is yet another disappointment for Sotiropoulos, who last fought in the UFC at UFC Fight Night 13 in April 2008. The 31-year-old earned a TKO win over Roman Mitichyan that night, but injuries has kept "The Ultimate Fighter 6" cast member out of action since.

His replacement, Veach, enters the UFC with a stellar 10-0 record with nine stoppage victories in just 18 months of professional competition. Fighting in Midwest-based shows, the former high school and collegiate wrestler hosted posted six submission victories and three knockout wins.

Grice, meanwhile, will be returning to action for the first time since his October 2007 "Fight of the Night" with Jason Black at UFC 77. Grice put his MMA career on hold for the past year in order to complete training at the Oklahoma City Police Department academy. With that training behind him, the 27-year-old will now renew his commitment to the UFC.
1/28/09 11:23:43PM
Another Day Another Injury.

Man I was looking forward to see George back in the octagon.
1/28/09 11:46:22PM
this injury bug sucks
1/29/09 12:40:43AM
Somebody might want to tell everyone to take a week off the mats, or soon enough every UFC is going to be at least half newcomers.

Veach is a huge talent. He was rumoured to be at the TUF tryouts, but he's already talented enough to be in the UFC.
1/29/09 1:12:44AM
this just in. every fighter scheduled for fight night 17 has just been in a bus wreck and will be replaced by every winner of america's next top model vs every winner of the bachelor!
1/29/09 5:18:43AM
I'm surprised UFC is still even going forward with this event. I have a feeling we haven't heard the last of changs to this card.
1/29/09 9:30:52AM
I was really looking forward to seeing Sotriopoulous get back in the Octagon, and I hope that he recovers soon so that we can see him soon.

Matt Veach is a solid prospect who trains with Matt Hughes. He's been injured recently as well (I think). The last that I heard of him he was supposed to face Ryan Ford for the Maximum Fighting Championships WW title in July. That fight never happened. Ford fought - and lost to - Pat Healy.

I'm interested to see Veach in this one, but I'll probably be taking Grice (who I wanted to take over George in the first place but was having a hard time doing so).
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