Now that T.J. Dillashaw has accepted an offer he couldn’t refuse, Takeya Mizugaki (pictured) has been issued a new assignment at UFC 173.
UFC officials announced Friday that Mizugaki will now meet Francisco Rivera in the May 24 event.
Mizugaki was slated to face Dillashaw, but Dillashaw was promoted to the show’s main event to challenge bantamweight champion Renan Barao for his throne.
Middleweight champ champ Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida were supposed the healdine the pay-per-view broadcast, but Weidman was forced to withdraw earlier this week to undergo knee surgery. That tango was postponed to UFC 175.
Rivera will be riding a five-fight winning streak into the tango. He was last seen in November posting a TKO over George Roop.
Mizugaki has rattled off four consecutive victories. The 30-year-old most recently notched a decision over Nam Pham in December.
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada hosts the festivities.
Here is the show’s complete lineup:
(UFC Fight Pass 6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT)
Li Jingliang vs. Danny Mitchell
Sam Sicilia vs. Doo Ho Choi
Piotr Hallman vs. Yves Edwards
(Fox Soprts 1 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Vinc Pichel vs. Anthony Njokuani
Mitch Clarke vs. Al Iaquinta
Chris Holdsworth vs. Kyung Ho Kang
Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo
(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Jamie Varner vs. James Krause
Tony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Francisco Rivera
Junior dos Santos vs. Stiple Miocic
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao (UFC bantamweight champion)