Undefeated fighter Darian Weeks will get a short-notice opportunity at this weekend’s UFC event, stepping in to face Bryan Barberena at welterweight.
The new pairing for UFC’s December 4th card was first announced by the promotion Tuesday. The fight is set to happen Saturday at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Weeks will be replacing veteran Matt Brown, who reportedly withdrew from his booking last week after testing positive for COVID-19.
Weeks has scored five wins since turning pro in 2019. He last appeared in February, earning a second-round stoppage win against Craig Fairley at LFA 99.
Weeks had an extensive amateur career before turning pro, attaining 15 wins through 19 bouts from 2016 to 2018.
Barberena will be fighting to return to the win column. He took a loss earlier this year, losing a majority decision to Jason Witt.
Former UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo will continue his bantamweight campaign in Saturday’s main event, facing rising 135-pound fighter Rob Font in a five-round bout. Here is how the lineup looks now:
Main Card (10:00PM EST / 7:00PM PST) (ESPN / TSN 5)
Bout 15: Rob Font (19-4) vs. Jose Aldo (30-7) (Bantamweight)
Bout 14: Rafael Fiziev (10-1) vs. Brad Riddell (10-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 13: Clay Guida (36-21) vs. Leonardo Santos (18-4-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 12: Jimmy Crute (12-2) vs. Jamahal Hill (8-1) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 11: Brendan Allen (17-4) vs. Chris Curtis (27-8) (Middleweight)
Preliminary Card (7:00PM EST / 4:00PM PST) (ESPN+ / TSN 5)
Bout 10: Maki Pitolo (13-9) vs. Dusko Todorovic (10-2) (Middleweight)
Bout 9: Jake Matthews (17-5) vs. Jeremiah Wells (9-2-1) (Welterweight)
Bout 8: Zhalgas Zhumagulov (14-5) vs. Manel Kape (16-6) (Flyweight)
Bout 7: Mallory Martin (7-4) vs. Cheyanne Vlismas (6-2) (Strawweight)
Bout 6: Alonzo Menifield (11-2) vs. William Knight (10-2) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 5: Claudio Puelles (10-2) vs. Chris Gruetzemacher (15-4) (Lightweight)
Bout 4: Azamat Murzakanov (10-0) vs. Jared Vanderaa (12-6) (Heavyweight)
Bout 3: Alex Morono (20-7) vs. Mickey Gall (7-3) (Welterweight)
Bout 2: Louis Smolka (17-7) vs. Vince Morales (10-5) (Bantamweight)
Bout 1: Bryan Barberena (15-8) vs. Darian Weeks (5-0) (Welterweight)