UFC Fight Night 81 will take place on Sunday at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts and the UFC has released the updated fight card lineup following Mairbek Taisumov, Jimy Hettes and Abdul-Kerim Edilov being forced out of the event.
Taisumov was scheduled to meet Chris Wade on the televised preliminary card on FS1, but he had to pull out of the event due to visa issues and stepping up to face Wade will be Ultimate Fighter 22 alum Mehdi Baghdad.
Edilov pulled out of his fight against Francimar Barroso due to an injury and Barroso will now meet UFC newcomer Elvis Mutapcic in a light heavyweight bout.
Hettes withdrew from the event due to undisclosed reasons and his original opponent, Charles Rosa will now meet Augusto Mendes.
The current UFC Fight Night 81: Dillashaw vs. Cruz fight card lineup is below.
Main Card: (FS1 – 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
T.J. Dillashaw (13-2) vs. Dominick Cruz (20-1)
Anthony Pettis (18-3) vs. Eddie Alvarez (26-4)
Travis Browne (17-3-1) vs. Matt Mitrione (9-4)
Ross Pearson (20-9, 1NC) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (18-4)
Preliminary Card: (FS1 – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
Patrick Cote (23-9) vs. Ben Saunders (19-6-2)
Tim Boetsch (18-9) vs. Ed Herman (23-11, 1NC)
Chris Wade (10-1) vs. Mehdi Baghdad (11-3)
Maximo Blanco (12-6-1, 1NC) vs. Luke Sanders (10-0)
Preliminary Card: (UFC Fight Pass – 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
Paul Felder (10-2) vs. Daron Cruickshank (16-7, 1NC)
Ilir Latifi (11-4, 1NC) vs. Sean O’Connell (16-6)
Charles Rosa (10-2) vs. Augusto Mendes (5-0)
Rob Font (11-1) vs. Joey Gomez (6-0)
Francimar Barroso (17-4) vs. Elvis Mutapcic (15-3)