Former UFC combatant and grappling ace Vinny Magalhaes was expected to compete against Keenan Cornelius on Saturday, March 29, at Metamoris 3 in Los Angeles, but he was forced from the event due to a staph infection. Now, just two days later, Magalhaes has been pulled from the Titan 28 card where he was scheduled to fight fellow UFC veteran Jason Brilz in the main event.

“Vinny is out of Titan 28 main event,” Titan FC president and CEO Jeff Aronson told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. “He’s in the hospital on antibiotics. He’s been keeping me up on everything.”

It has been seven months since Magalhaes last competed in MMA and it is unclear when he will be able to return. Staph infections can linger and if rumors of it being a MRSA staph infection are true, Magalhaes could find himself on the shelf for several months. Magalhaes’ last fight was with the UFC at UFC 163 which ended via knockout at the hands of Anthony Perosh.

Aronson also said, “A replacement is being sought as I text this. My phone has been ringing off the hook since Vinny had to back out of Metamoris. No opponent for Brilz yet.”

Brilz has won three consecutive fights on the regional scene since his release from the UFC following a knockout loss to Ryan Bader at UFC 139.

Titan FC 28 which takes place on April 25 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. It will also feature a heavyweight clash between Dave Herman and D.J. Linderman, a lightweight battle between Daniel Roberts and Brock Jardine, and a welterweight tilt between Ricky Legere and Todd Moore.

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