Stepping in on short notice, Calen Born will make his UFC debut on Saturday against Dwight Grant. News of the new pairing was first confirmed by UFC’s website.
Grant’s original opponent was Jared Gooden, who announced on Tuesday that injury forced him out of the card.
“Sadly I had to back out due to injuries. Y’all have no idea how bad this hurts me,” said Gooden via Instagram.
Born’s last fight was in February, defeating Craig Fairley at Shamrock FC.
Grant will look for his third consecutive UFC win on Saturday, with his previous victories having come against Carlo Pedersoli and Alan Jouban.
With a replacement opponent swooping in on short notice for Gooden, UFC’s show this weekend remains at 11 bouts in total. Here’s the lineup of the show set to happen from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Bout 11: Pedro Munhoz (18-4) vs. Frankie Edgar (23-8-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 10: Ovince St. Preux (24-14) vs. Alonzo Menifield (9-1) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 9: Mike Rodriguez (10-4) vs. Marcin Pachnio (13-4) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 8: Mariya Agapova (9-1) vs. Shana Dobson (3-4) (Flyweight)
Bout 7: Takashi Sato (16-3) vs. Daniel Rodriguez (12-1) (Welterweight)
Bout 6: Mizuki (14-5) vs. Amanda Lemos (7-1-1) (Strawweight)
Bout 5: Austin Hubbard (12-4) vs. Joe Solecki (9-2) (Lightweight)
Bout 4: Jordan Wright (10-0) vs. Isaac Villanueva (16-10) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 3: Matthew Semelsberger (6-2) vs. Carlton Minus (10-1) (Welterweight)
Bout 2: Mark Striegl (18-2) vs. Timur Valiev (16-2) (Bantamweight)
Bout 1: Dwight Grant (10-2) vs. Calen Born (7-1) (Welterweight)