With Ben Rothwell exiting stage left with a last-minute ankle injury, the welterweight affair between Mike Swick (Pictured) and DaMarques Johnson has been promoted to the “UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera” main card.
Rothwell was slotted to battle Travis Browne in the August 4th festivities. Instead of scrambling for a replacement, the UFC has opted to pull Browne from the lineup.
Swick was last seen posting his second consecutive loss in February of 2010. The former “The Ultimate Fighter 1″ contestant was subsequently misdiagnosed with a stomach ailment and has been riding the pine ever since.
The 32-year-old was planning to return at “UFC Fight for the Troops 2” in January 2011, but opponent David Mitchell had to withdraw due to an injury. Swick then tore his knee and had to pull out of his UFC 134 bout against Erick Silva.
Johnson, meanwhile, has alternated between wins and losses over his past six scraps. The prior “The Ultimate Fighter 9″ participant was submitted by John Maguire in April.
Staples Center in Los Angeles hosts the bash.
FOX broadcasts the main card live beginning at 8PM ET/5PM PT.
Here is the show’s revised agenda:
(FUEL TV 5PM ET/2PM PT)
John Moraga vs. Ulysses Gomez
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Manny Gamburyan
Oli Thompson vs. Phil De Fries
Josh Grispi vs. Rani Yahya
Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado
Nam Phan vs. Cole Miller
(FOX 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson
Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner
Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Brandon Vera