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Another strike to the UFC Belfast card came early this morning after co-main event fighter James Krause announced he has been forced to withdraw.

The announcement came by way of his official Instagram, and was accompanied by a photo of him on crutches.

"Monday morning during wrestling practice I tore my hamstring for what the doctor says is a "high grade", substantial tear in 3 different spots to my hamstring," he wrote.

This is the second fight with opponent Ross Pearson that Krause has been forced to withdraw from due to injury.

"My greatest apologies to him," he wrote. "This is not my norm and I pride myself on fighting any opposition that's been offered to me."

This is also the second major shake-up to UFC Fight Night Belfast and comes just days after the main event was cancelled due to injury to Gunnar Nelson. The main event is now Uriah Hall vs. Gegard Mousasi. The UFC has not announced yet if they will find a new opponent for Pearson or cancel the bout entirely.

Pearson is coming off two tough losses, one to former Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks, the other to Jorge Masvidal at UFC 201. Both bouts were decision losses.

Krause is on a two fight win streak with his most recent victory coming by way of decision when he faced Shane Campbell at UFC Fight Night Pittsuburg.

UFC Fight Night Belfast takes place Nov. 19 and will stream on UFC Fight Pass. It’s one of two UFC cards on Nov. 19; the other being UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo which takes place later the same day in Brazil.


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