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