Sodiq Yusuff out, Edson Barboza now meets Makwan Amirkhani on UFC’s Oct. 10
Barboza (20-9 MMA, 14-9 UFC) was originally scheduled to fight Sodiq Yusuff on the event, but due to undisclosed reasons Yusuff pulled from the fight. He’s being replaced by Amirkhani (16-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC) on the Oct. 10 card, which takes place on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
The Brazilian will be looking for his first victory at 145 pounds in his new weight class, after he failed to win featherweight debut at UFC on ESPN 8. “JUNIOR” came up short in a controversial split decision to Dan Ige. Barboza is currently on a three-fight skid and 1-5 in his past six outings, falling short to some of the best on the world; Khabib Nurmagomedov, Kevin Lee,Justin Gaethje and even Paul Felder. That loss then promoted the move down to 145 pounds.
Amirkhani, meanwhile, has won three of his past four fights. He’s coming off a first-round submission of Danny Henry at UFC 251 in July. “MR. FINLAND”, is 3-1 in his last four outings, his last loss coming in the hands of Shane Burgos, when he was finished in the third round.
The latest lineup for UFC’s Oct. 10 card now includes:
Marlon Moraes vs. Cory Sandhagen
Edson Barboza vs. Makwan Amirkhani
Dricus Du Plessis vs. Markus Perez
Seungwoo Choi vs. Youssef Zalal
Ben Rothwell vs. Marcin Tybura
Thomas Almeida vs. Alejandro Perez
Tracy Cortez vs. Bea Malecki
Chris Daukaus vs. Rodrigo Nascimento
Tom Aspinall vs. Serghei Spivac
Ali Alqaisi vs. Tony Kelley
Giga Chikadze vs. Omar Morales
Bruno Silva vs. Tagir Ulanbekov
Joaquin Buckley vs. Impa Kasanganay