Mirsad Bektic out of UFC Fight Night 49, Max Holloway now meets UFC newcomer Clay Collard

An undisclosed injury has forced Mirsad Bektic to pull out of his bout on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 49 against Max Holloway and stepping up on short notice to replace Bektic will be UFC newcomer Clay Collard.UFC Fight Night 49 Small

UFC officials announced the change and due to this fight taking place on Saturday, the bout between Holloway and Collard will be a catchweight bout of 149 pounds.

UFC Fight Night 49 will come from the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma on August 23rd and will be headlined by a lightweight bout as former champion Benson Henderson meets Rafael dos Anjos.

Collard (13-4, 1NC) has gone unbeaten in his last five fights and he has already won two fights this year. Eight of his thirteen win have come by TKO/KO and his last three wins have come by decision. Holloway (9-3) has won back to back fights after dropping two in a row last year. His most recent win came in April as he submitted Andre Fili in the third round at UFC 172.

The current UFC Fight Night 49: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos fight card is below.

Main Card: (Fox Sports 1 – 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
Benson Henderson (21-3) vs. Rafael dos Anjos (21-7)
Jordan Mein (28-9) vs. Mike Pyle (26-9-1)
Francis Carmont (22-9) vs. Thales Leites (23-4)
Max Holloway (9-3) vs. Clay Collard (13-4, 1NC)
James Vick (5-0) vs. Walmir Lazaro (12-2)
Chas Skelly (11-1) vs. Tom Niinimaki (21-6-1)

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 2 – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
Neil Magny (11-3) vs. Alex Garcia (12-1)
Beneil Dariush (7-1) vs. Tony Martin (8-1)
Aaron Phillips (8-1) vs. Matt Hobar (8-2)
Ben Saunders (16-6-3) vs. Chis Heatherly (8-1, 1NC)

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass – 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT)
Wilson Reis (17-5) vs. Joby Sanchez (6-0)