British heavyweight Mostapha Al-Turk has been denied his work visa to enter the U.S. for his “UFC 109: Relentless” bout against Rolles Gracie.
MMAWeekly.com was the first to report that UFC rookie Joey Beltran has agreed to step in on just four day’s notice to face Gracie inside the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Beltran’s participation was later confirmed by the UFC via Twitter.
“Mos is gutted, he is taking no breaks and is gonna train through this,” Paul Ivens, Al-Turk’s coach told the website.
Al-Turk made his Octagon debut against Cheick Kongo at UFC 92 in Vegas, however it’s unclear why he was presented with problems from the U.S. Embassy in England this time around.
Gracie holds a 3-0 professional record, however will be making his Octagon debut with the this weekend.
Beltran carries with him a 10-3 record and has rolled off six wins in his last seven scraps.
Here is the revised lineup for this Saturday’s Spike TV/Pay-Per-View broadcast:
Rolles Gracie vs. Joey Beltran
Tim Hague vs. Chris Tuchscherer
Phil Davis vs. Brian Stann
Rob Emerson vs. Phillipe Nover
(Spike TV 9PM ET/6PM PT)
Melvin Guillard vs. Ronnys Torres
Justin Buchholz vs. Mac Danzig
Matt Serra vs. Frank Trigg
Demian Maia vs. Dan Miller
Paulo Thiago vs. Mike Swick
Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen
Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman