Josh Culibao will make his UFC debut, taking a short notice fight against Jalin Turner at UFC Auckland on Feb. 22nd. The fight, which will take place at the Spark Arena, in Auckland, New Zeleand, was first reported by MMAJunkie on Wednesday.
Culibao is undefeated as a professional fighter, having picked up most of his wins in the regional Australian scene. He debuted in 2016 after three fights as an amateur.
Turner has one win and two losses in his UFC run, having earned his contract through the Dana White’s Contender Series show. Most recently, Turner took a decision loss against Matt Frevola.
Turner’s initial opponent was Jamie Mullarkey, although that was scrapped after the Australian suffered an injury.
Dan Hooker will have home field advantage at UFC Auckland, welcoming American fighter Paul Felder in the headlining fight.
Here’s the full card for UFC on ESPN+ 26 so far:
Bout 13: Paul Felder (17-4) vs. Dan Hooker (19-8) (Lightweight)
Bout 12: Jimmy Crute (10-2) vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk (14-3) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 11: Marcos Rogerio de Lima (16-6-1) vs. Ben Sosoli (7-2) (Heavyweight)
Bout 10: Karolina Kowalkiewicz (12-5) vs. Xiaonan Yan (11-1) (Strawweight)
Bout 9: Magomed Mustafaev (14-3) vs. Brad Riddell (7-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 8: Zubaira Tukhugov (18-4-1) vs. Kevin Aguilar (17-2) (Featherweight)
Bout 7: Jalin Turner (8-5) vs. Joshua Culibao (8-0) (Lightweight)
Bout 6: Jake Matthews (15-4) vs. Emil Weber Meek (9-4) (Welterweight)
Bout 5: Callan Potter (18-8) vs. Kenan Song (15-5) (Welterweight)
Bout 4: Kai Kara-France (20-8) vs. Tyson Nam (18-10-1) (Flyweight)
Bout 3: Loma Lookboonmee (4-1) vs. Angela Hill (11-7) (Strawweight)
Bout 2: Maki Pitolo (12-5) vs. Takashi Sato (15-3) (Welterweight)
Bout 1: Shana Dobson (3-3) vs. Priscila Cachoeira (8-3) (Flyweight)