UFC 161 took a monstrous hit Tuesday when interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao was forced to withdraw from the main event against Eddie Wineland with a foot injury. However, the planet’s most prestigious mixed martial arts promotion is doing its best to make it up to fans.
A thrilling heavyweight shootout between Roy Nelson (pictured) and Stipe Miocic has been added to the June 15 lineup.
MMAJunkie first reported the scrap, which the UFC confirmed by re-tweeting the article.
Nelson has won four of his past five fights, including three straight. “Big Country” was seen just last month disposing of Cheick Kongo at UFC 159.
Miocic, meanwhile, is looking to bounce back from the only blemish on his résumé. He was unbeaten through nine outings until getting TKO’d by Stefan Struve in September.
Miocic was originally slotted to meet Soa Palelei in the night’s prelims. Palelei will now serve as an “alternate.”
The organization also hasn’t decided whether Wineland will remain in the event or shelved for another day. It’s possible the main card could feature six fights if Wineland remains.
MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada hosts the festivities.
Here is the show’s updated agenda:
Soa Palelei vs. TBD
Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa
John Maguire vs. Mitch Clarke
Kenny Robertson vs. Sean Pierson
Dustin Pague vs. Yves Jabouin
Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac
Sam Stout vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley
(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Eddie Wineland vs. TBD
Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton
Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan
Roy Nelson vs. Stipe Miocic
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Dan Henderson vs. Rashad Evans