John Makdessi will replace Khabib Nurmagomedov and face Donald Cerrone at UFC 187, officials announced recently.
Set for May 23 from Las Vegas, the card features a pair of world title fights in Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson and Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort.
Makdessi (13-3) has won four of his last five, including a victory this past weekend over Shane Campbell. He’ll be stepping in for Nurmagomedov, who suffered a knee injury and will be out of action.
Cerrone (27-6) is on a seven-fight win streak that includes a recent win over Benson Henderson.
Below is the current lineup:
MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)
Vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson
UFC Middleweight Championship
Chris Weidman (c) vs. Vitor Belfort
Lightweight: Donald Cerrone vs. John Makdessi
Heavyweight: Travis Browne vs. Andrei Arlovski
Flyweight: Joseph Benavidez vs. John Moraga
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET))
Flyweight: John Dodson vs. Zach Makovsky
Welterweight: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Josh Burkman
Middleweight: Uriah Hall vs. Rafael Natal
Female Strawweight: Rose Namajunas vs. Nina Ansaroff
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Sean Spencer vs. Mike Pyle
Lightweight: Islam Makhachev vs. Leo Kuntz
Flyweight: Justin Scoggins vs. Josh Sampo