The UFC’s Brazilian Twitter feed was the place to be Tuesday afternoon. Moments after announcing Yoshihiro Akiyama was forced out of his UFC 149 tango against Thiago Alves, the page tweeted Rick Story (Pictured) now has a new opponent for “UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida.”
Welterweight Rich Attonito has withdrawn from the June 22nd event with an undisclosed injury, and believe it or not, Papy Abedi has been granted another shot in the big leagues.
“Makambo” entered the Octagon with high expectations having won all eight of his professional contests. Fast forward two very disappointing losses and the 33-year-old Abedi is now scrapping for his UFC life.
Speaking of two-fight skids, after Story started off his 2011 campaign with an impressive win over the aforementioned Alves, “Horror” had a nightmarish close to the year by dropping his next pair of bouts via unanimous decision.
Although both 170-pounders desperately need to right the ship, Story is only 27 years of age and is more likely to get another opportunity with the UFC if he runs the reverse trifecta.
Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey hosts the festivities. FX will broadcast the main card live beginning at 9PM ET/6PM PT.
Here is the show’s revised roster:
(FUEL TV 6PM ET/3PM PT)
Ken Stone vs. Edwin Figueroa
Ramsey Nijem vs. C.J. Keith
Dan Miller vs. Ricardo Funch
Chris Camozzi vs. Nick Catone
Matt Riddle vs. Luis Ramos
Papy Abedi vs. Rick Story
Jim Hettes vs. Steven Siler
Hatsu Hioki vs. Ricardo Lamas
(FX 9PM ET/6PM PT)
Ross Pearson vs. Cub Swanson
Brian Ebersole vs. T.J. Waldburger
Sam Stout vs. Spencer Fisher
Clay Guida vs. Gray Maynard