Never say never. After getting released from the UFC two years ago, John “Doomsday” Howard (pictured) has been called back up to the big leagues. Howard will step in as a last-minute substitute to face Uriah Hall at “UFC on Fox Sports 1: Shogun vs. Sonnen.”
BostonHerald.com first reported the matchup Wednesday evening, which the UFC confirmed by re-tweeting their post.
Howard was perfect through his first four scraps inside the Octagon, but was cut loose after running the reverse trifecta. He’s since rattled off wins in six of his past seven scraps.
This marks Hall’s third different assignment for the August 17 event. “The Ultimate Fighter 17″ finalist was initially slated to meet Nick Ring, but visa issues forced Ring out. TUF 17 castmate Josh Samman then agreed to step up. No word why Samman was forced to withdraw.
Hall owns just a 7-3 professional résumé, but his vicious highlight reel finishes on TUF had fans believing he could one day make a run at UFC gold. He’ll now get the opportunity knot up his UFC record with a win over Howard.
Hall vs. Ring was slated to appear in the main card. It is believed the new matchup will maintain the same slot in the lineup.
TD Garden in Boston hosts the festivities.
Here is the show’s revised lineup:
(Facebook 4PM ET/1PM PT)
Ramsey Nijem vs. James Vick
Cody Donovan vs. Ovince St. Preux
Cole Miller vs. Manny Gamburyan
(Fox Sports 1 6PM ET/3PM PT)
Diego Brandao vs. Daniel Pineda
Mike Brown vs. Steven Siler
Conor McGregor vs. Max Holloway
Michael McDonald vs. Brad Pickett
(Fox Sports 1 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Johnson
Uriah Hall vs. John Howard
Matt Brown vs. Mike Pyle
Urijah Faber vs. Yuri Alcantara
Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne
Chael Sonnen vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua