Mirsad Bektic will remain on Saturday’s UFC 204 card in Manchester, England as the UFC has announced that Russell Doane is stepping up on five days notice to meet Bektic.
The fight change was announced by the UFC on Tuesday.
UFC 204 will come from the Manchester Arena on Saturday and will be headlined by a rematch as Michael Bisping defends the UFC middleweight title against Dan Henderson.
Doane (14-6) enters this fight following three straight defeats and his most recent defeat came in July at UFC Fight Night 90 against Pedro Munhoz. Bektic (10-0) made his UFC debut in 2014 and this will be his first fight since defeating Lucas Martins last year at UFC Fight Night 67.
The current UFC 204: Bisping vs. Henderson II fight card is below.
Main Card: (PPV – 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
Michael Bisping (30-7) vs. Dan Henderson (32-14)
Vitor Belfort (25-12) vs. Gegard Mousasi (39-6)
Ovince Saint Preux (19-8) vs. Jimi Manuwa (15-2)
Stefan Struve (27-8) vs. Daniel Omielanczuk (19-5-1, 1NC)
Mirsad Bektic (10-0) vs. Russell Doane (14-6)
Preliminary Card: (FS1 – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
Brad Pickett (26-11) vs. Iuri Alcantara (37-7, 1NC)
Ian Entwistle (9-3) vs. Rob Font (12-2)
Davey Grant (10-2) vs. Damian Stasiak (10-2)
Leon Edwards (11-3) vs. Albert Tumenov (17-3)
Preliminary Card: (UFC Fight Pass – 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT)
Danny Roberts (13-1) vs. Mike Perry (8-0)
Leonardo Santos (15-4) vs. Adriano Martins (28-7)
Lukasz Sajewski (13-2) vs. Marc Diakiese (9-0)