Makwan Amirkhani has received a new opponent for his October 30th UFC appearance, now being matched against Lerone Murphy instead of Tristan Connelly. The change in opponent was announced through the promotion’s social media Tuesday.
The fight joins UFC 267, which is scheduled to take place at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
It was reported this month that Connelly had to withdraw from the fight.
Connelly took to social media earlier this week to announce that he had to undergo a neck surgery, causing his departure from the lineup. He mentioned in his video update that he hopes to return to action in early 2022.
The fight gives Murphy a chance to make just his second appearance of the year. The England-based fighter had to recently pull out of a booking against Charles Jourdain due to visa issues.
Murphy presents a big challenge for Amirkhani, as he is undefeated and has won two of his three appearances in the UFC cage. Most recently he fought to a unanimous decision win over Douglas Silva de Andrade in January.
UFC 267 is currently set to be headlined by UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira. The show also received a new interim bantamweight title fight on Tuesday, as reports confirmed a bout between Petr Yan and Cory Sandhagen.
Here’s how the card looks now.
Bout 13: Jan Blachowicz (28-8) vs. Glover Teixeira (32-7) (UFC Light Heavyweight Championship)
Bout 12: Petr Yan (15-2) vs. Cory Sandhagen (14-3) (Vacant Interim UFC Bantamweight Championship)
Bout 11: Amanda Ribas (10-2) vs. Virna Jandiroba (17-6) (Strawweight)
Bout 10: Alexander Volkov (33-9) vs. Marcin Tybura (22-6) (Heavyweight)
Bout 9: Li Jingliang (18-6) vs. Khamzat Chimaev (9-0) (Welterweight)
Bout 8: Michal Oleksiejczuk (15-4) vs. Shamil Gamzatov (14-0) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 7: Tagir Ulanbekov (12-1) vs. Allan Nascimento (18-5) (Flyweight)
Bout 6: Zubaira Tukhugov (19-5-1) vs. Ricardo Ramos (15-3) (Featherweight)
Bout 5: Magomed Ankalaev (15-1) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (17-5) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 4: Hu Yaozong (3-2) vs. Alen Amedovski (8-2) (Middleweight)
Bout 3: Damir Ismagulov (23-1) vs. Magomed Mustafaev (14-4) (Lightweight)
Bout 2: Albert Duraev (14-3) vs. Roman Kopylov (8-1) (Middleweight)
Bout 1: Makwan Amirkhani (16-6) vs. Lerone Murphy (10-0-1) (Featherweight)