Darian Weeks Off UFC Paris, Now Booked To Face Yohan Lainesse on September 10th

Plans have changed for UFC welterweight Darian Weeks.

Weeks is no longer expected to face former kickboxer turned UFC newcomer Cedric Doumbe on September 3rd. Instead, he is now being lined up to battle former CFFC Welterweight Champion Yohan Lainesse at the promotion’s September 10th show.

The new booking was first reported by Tudor Leonte of Sherdog. The bout is expected to take place during UFC 279 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Weeks’ fight against Doumbe was reportedly removed from UFC’s September 3rd card due to issues with the athletic commission in Paris, France.

Per the FMMAF rulebook, a fight between Doumbe and Weeks couldn’t be sanctioned due to a disparity in MMA experience on their records – Weeks has fought as a pro seven times, and Doumbe has only fought under MMA rules twice.

Despite Doumbe’s extensive experience as a kickboxer, his few fights under MMA rules stopped his bout against Weeks from taking place.

It is not known at the moment if Doumbe will get a new opponent for UFC’s September 3rd card.

Both Lainesse and Weeks will be fighting for their first UFC victory in their upcoming fight.

Weeks has suffered two consecutive losses since joining the promotion late last year. His last fight came in April when undefeated Ian Machado Garry earned a decision victory over him.

Lainesse is coming off an unsuccessful UFC debut. The “Dana White’s Contender Series” alum was finished in his first promotional appearance in April, getting finished in the second round of a bout by Gabe Green.

Rising welterweight Khamzat Chimaev is expected to face Nate Diaz in the main event of UFC 279. Here’s an updated look at the event:

Bout 11: Khamzat Chimaev (11-0) vs. Nate Diaz (20-13) (Welterweight)

Bout 10: Norma Dumont (7-2) vs. Danyelle Wolf (1-0) (Featherweight)

Bout 9: Johnny Walker (18-7) vs. Ion Cutelaba (16-7-1) (Light Heavyweight)

Bout 8: Jamie Pickett (13-7) vs. Denis Tiuliulin (10-6) (Middleweight)

Bout 7: Jake Collier (13-7) vs. Chris Barnett (22-8) (Heavyweight)

Bout 6: Hakeem Dawodu (13-2-1) vs. Julian Erosa (27-9) (Featherweight)

Bout 5: Shamil Abdurakhimov (20-7) vs. Jailton Almeida (16-2) (Heavyweight)

Bout 4: Irene Aldana (13-6) vs. Macy Chiasson (8-2) (Bantamweight) (Bantamweight)

Bout 3: Chad Anheliger (12-5) vs. Alatengheili (15-8-2) (Bantamweight)

Bout 2: Elise Reed (5-2) vs. Melissa Martinez (7-0) (Strawweight)

Bout 1: Darian Weeks (5-2) vs. Yohan Lainesse (8-1) (Welterweight)

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