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Taylor forced to withdraw from Njokuani bout

ESPN staff
May 22, 2012
Paul Taylor's Octagon absence will continue © Getty Images

Paul Taylor has been forced to pull out of his scheduled lightweight fight with Anthony Njokuani at UFC on Fuel 4 in July.

According to early reports Taylor will be replaced by Rafael dos Anjos - as Njokuani looks to improve upon his record of two wins and two defeats since joining the UFC.

Taylor was looking to pick up his second successive victory inside the Octagon, after knocking out Gabe Ruediger at UFC 126 in February 2011. However, injuries have made it impossible for him to fight since that appearance, and have once again scuppered a scheduled return.

If Dos Anjos does step in it will be a relatively quick turnaround for the Brazilian, who beat Kamal Shalorus via submission at UFC on Fuel 3 last week - taking him to a record of five wins and four defeats in the UFC.

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