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Dos Santos vs. Miocic Now Headlines May 31 Card in Brazil, Sonnen vs. Silva Moves to UFC 175

Written by Tom Ngo
April 7th, 2014
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UFC 173 got a new main event when middleweight champion Chris Weidman was forced to postpone his scrap with Lyoto Machida to undergo knee surgery, so it’s only fitting the show will also get a new co-featured attraction.

Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports confirmed with UFC president Dana White Monday that the heavyweight shootout between former champ Junior dos Santos (pictured) and Stipe Miocic will now headline the UFC’s May 31 promotion in Brazil. That card’s former showcase bout between bitter rivals Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will now co-headline UFC 175.

No word on why the changes were made. Perhaps, the UFC is hedging their bet just in case Weidman can’t return from his recent knee surgeries in time to meet Machida on July 5.

Currently, bantamweight king Renan Barao defends his crown against T.J. Dillashaw in UFC 173’s main event. With the exit of dos Santos and Miocic, the next biggest fight in the lineup is the welterweight affair with Jake Ellenberger and Robbie Lawler.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the 170-pounders will now automatically serve as the night’s new co-main event. White told Yahoo! that he’s “not done” working on the May 24 roster.

Here are the respective cards’ revised lineups:

UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw (May 24):

Preliminary Card:

(UFC Fight Pass 6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT)

Li Jingliang vs. Danny Mitchell

Sam Sicilia vs. Doo Ho Choi

Vinc Pichel vs. Anthony Njokuani

(Fox Soprts 1 8PM ET/5PM PT)

Mitch Clarke vs. Al Iaquinta

Chris Holdsworth vs. Chico Camus

Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo

Jamie Varner vs. James Krause

Main Card:

(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)

TBD

Tony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno

Takeya Mizugaki vs. Francisco Rivera

Jake Ellenberger vs. Robbie Lawler

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao (UFC bantamweight champion)

UFC Fight Night: Dos Santos vs. Miocic (May 31):

Ernest Chavez vs. Elias Silverio

Mark Eddiva vs. Kevin Souza

Rodrigo Damm vs. Rashid Magomedov

Demian Maia vs. TBD

Paulo Thiago vs. Gasan Umalatov

Junior dos Santos vs. Stiple Miocic

UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida (July 5):

Thiago Marreta vs. Uriah Hall

Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson

Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen

Lyoto Machida vs. Chris Weidman (UFC middleweight champion)

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