Drew McFedries has been tapped as a late replacement for the injured Goran Reljic in a middleweight matchup vs. Thales Leites at UFC 90 on Oct. 25 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. The bout is expected to take place during the show’s preliminary card with a lightweight clash between Gray Maynard and Rich Clementi being promoted to the pay-per-view telecast.
The news was first reported by Dann Stupp of MMAjunkie.com.
Word broke this morning that Reljic was forced off the card due to a lower back injury. For McFedries, he will be receiving a shot at redemption following a first round submission loss last month at UFC Fight Night 15 to the debuting Mike Massenzio.
Leites is 13-1 overall in his MMA career and his won his last four UFC bouts with victories against Pete Sell at UFC 69, Floyd Sword during the live season finale for the fifth installment of The Ultimate Fighter, a first round submission over Ryan Jensen at UFC 74, and a controversial split decision victory over Nate Marquardt this past June at UFC 85.
A win over McFedries could potentially put the Brazilian fighter in the mix for a future title shot against current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who will be defending his title during the main event of UFC 90 against Patrick Cote.
For Maynard, he will now have a shot at additional exposure coming off the heels of his impressive unanimous decision victory over Frankie Edgar this past April at UFC Fight Night 13. The win improved his overall MMA record to 5-0.
Standing in his way will be the a very experienced and very game Clementi, who is 32-12-1 in a professional MMA career that dates back to 1999. He is currently on an impressive six fight win streak with notable victories against Anthony Johnson, Melvin Guillard, Sam Stout, and Terry Etim.
The main card for UFC 90 will now consist of Silva vs. Cote, Thiago Alves vs. Diego Sanchez, Tyson Griffin vs. Sean Sherk, Fabricio Werdum vs. Junior “Cigano” dos Santos, and Maynard vs. Clementi.