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Lombard out, Shogun in!

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Oh, how I hate that old chestnut. It assumes you’ve got an assload of sugar hanging around in the background, which completely negates the point: life gave you lemons. You have no sugar. You have nothing but lemons. That’s the point.

Fortunately for MMA fans, the UFC did have a little sugar up it’s sleeves. A few days ago, Dana White threw Shogun Rua under the bus for refusing to fight Glover Teixeira, the UFC’s latest hot Brazilian prospect and a bane to those of us who have to write his last name out on a regular basis. An enlightened debate then went on between fans regarding Shogun’s right to demand a better known opponent vs him being a bitch-ass coward.

But now it seems like that ducking has a serious silver lining. In the wake of Brian Stann’s removal from the UFC on FOX 4 card, the UFC needed a replacement that might actually excite viewers. Enter the Shogun, who will now head the card in a scrap against Brandon Vera. I use the word scrap somewhat generously, as Vera’s ability to scrap has been a bit questionable since 2006. Let’s be honest here … Brandon is being set up like a pair of bongos, and Shogun is Tito Puente.

As for Hector Lombard, he’s off the card completely. Instead, he’s replacing the freshly injured Michael Bisping against Tim Boetsch at UFC 149. And the injuries just keep piling up higher and higher. At least this time we’ve had a couple of changes that result in more interesting matchups.

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