UFC officials announced two new bouts as well as replacement bout for the upcoming UFC on FOX 18 card.
First up is the two new bouts. A bantamweight fight between Iuri Alcantara (32-6 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and Jimmie Rivera (18-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC); and a featherweight fight between Damon Jackson (9-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Levan Makashvili (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has been added to the card.
As far as the replacement bout goes, Olivier Aubin-Mercier (7-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has a new opponent as Joaquim Silva (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) had to withdraw from their lightweight bout. Now, Aubin-Mercier will face Diego Ferreira (11-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at the event.
UFC on FOX 18 takes place on January 30th, 2016 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. This event will air on UFC Fight Pass and FOX. Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader will be the headliner of this event, and the winner of this fight will most likely be the number one contender for the UFC light heavyweight title.
Here is the updated card:
- Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader
- Andrew Holbrook vs. Sage Northcutt
- Josh Barnett vs. Ben Rothwell
- Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine
- Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Diego Ferreira
- George Sullivan vs. Alexander Yakovlev
- Tony Martin vs. Felipe Olivieri
- Alex Caceres vs. Masio Fullen
- Iuri Alcantara vs. Jimmie Rivera
- Damon Jackson vs. Levan Makashvili