Light heavyweight slugger Gilbert Yvel has suffered an injury during training and is out of his headlining bout with Marcio Cruz at Resurrection Fighting Alliance’s fourth event on Nov. 2.
A source close to the organization revealed the news to The MMA Corner.
At this time, it is unclear how long Yvel will be out of action with the undisclosed injury. The 56-fight veteran picked up devastating wins over Damian Dantibo and Houston Alexander at RFA’s first two events, bouncing back from three straight losses he suffered under the UFC banner.
No replacement has been named for the Dutchman and it is unclear if Cruz will remain on the card with only three weeks remaining before the bout.
The event, which takes place from the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, is now expected to be headlined by a pair of former UFC lightweights, Tyson Griffin and Efrain Escudero.
Griffin enters the contest having dropped four of his last five outings inside the Octagon. The veteran had 14 fights during his UFC tenure, going 8-6 over that stretch. He was knocked out by Bart Palaszewski in his last outing, his second bout at featherweight. However, he will return to the 155-pound division for his RFA debut.
The winner of The Ultimate Fighter season eight, Escudero has been released from the UFC twice. The first time came after a 3-2 stretch that included him missing weight for a bout with Charles Oliveira. His most recent stint saw him drop back-to-back decisions to Jacob Volkmann and Mac Danzig, again leading to his release.
Photo: Gilbert Yvel (standing) punished Houston Alexander (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)