Ryan LaFlare has pulled out of his UFC on FOX 20 bout against Alexander Yakovlev due to undisclosed reasons and stepping up to meet Yakovlev on the July 23 fight card in Chicago will be Kamaru Usman.
The fight change was recently announced by the UFC.
UFC on FOX 20 will come from the United Center and will be headlined by former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm returning for the first time since losing the title in March as she faces Valentina Shevchenko.
Usman (7-1) is currently on a six fight winning streak and is coming off a decision win in December against Leon Edwards. Six of his seven career victories have come by stoppage and five of those wins have come by TKO/KO. Yakovlev (23-6-1) has won back to back fights after starting off 0-2 in the UFC. He is coming off a knockout win against George Sullivan and nine of his career victories have come by TKO/KO.
The current UFC on FOX 20: Holm vs. Shevchenko fight card is below.
Holly Holm (10-1) vs. Valentina Shevchenko (12-2)
Anthony Johnson (21-5) vs. Glover Teixeira (25-4)
Edson Barboza (17-4) vs. Gilbert Melendez (22-5)
Alex Oliveira (13-3-1) vs. James Moontasri (9-3)
Hector Urbina (25-9) vs. George Sullivan (17-5)
Luis Henrique (8-2) vs. Dmitry Smolyakov (8-0)
Felice Herrig (10-6) vs. Kailin Curran (4-2)
Francis Ngannou (7-1) vs. Bojan Mihajlovic (10-3)
Frankie Saenz (11-3) vs. Eddie Wineland (21-11-1)
Darren Elkins (20-5) vs. Godofredo Pepey (13-3)
Tony Martin (10-3) vs. Michel Prazeres (19-2)
Jim Alers (13-2, 1NC) vs. Jason Knight (13-2)
Kamaru Usman (7-1) vs. Alexander Yakovlev (23-6-1)