The year 2015 is off to a pretty rough start. On the same day it was revealed Tarec Saffiedine had to withdrawn from UFC Fight Night 60 fight against Matt Brown with a groin injury, it was announced UFC middleweight Costas Philippou had also fallen victim of the ever-present injury bug. As a results he has been forced out of his scheduled UFC Fight Night 59 battle against Uriah Hall.  MMAJunkie was the first to report the news.

Philippou (13-4), who had previously defeated Hall under the Ring of Combat back in February 2011, is coming off violent first round knockout victory over Lorenz Larkin at UFC Fight Night 40 in May. This victory snapped Philippou’s two fight losing streak, which includes a crushing first TKO loss to former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold. Prior to this losing skid, the Bellmore Kickboxing MMA had put together a career best five fight streak.

His scheduled opponent, Hall (9-4), initially rose to prominence during his time on 17th season of The Ultimate Fighter. In his most recent outing fans saw him earn a unanimous decision over Thiago Santos at UFC 175 in July. Prior to this victory, ‘Primetime’ walked away with a violent first round TKO over fan favorite Chris Leben at UFC 168 in December 2013.

As of this post, no replacement has been found.

UFC Fight Night 59 is currently scheduled to take place on January 18 the TD Garden in Boston. A featherweight matchup between Irish superstar Conor McGregor and German striker Dennis Siver will serve as the main event.

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