Bermudez forced out of Blanco fight

UFC featherweight Dennis Bermudez has been forced to withdraw from his UFC Fight Night 81 bout against Maximo Blanco.

MMA Fighting reports that the 28-year-old suffered a staph infection in his shin and won't be ready in time for the January 17 date.

Bermudez was hoping to bounce back from consecutive losses to top featherweights Ricardo Lamas and Jeremy Stephens.

Prior to those two defeats, he had seven wins on the trot during a two-year period.

There has been no confirmation on a replacement opponent for Blanco yet.