It didn’t take long for Matt Riddle to overcome the illness keeping him out of a scheduled UFC 141 bout with Luis Ramos. Riddle will step up to take on Jorge Lopez at UFC 143 and in doing so replace an injured Amir Sadollah. The welterweight bout will remain on the preliminary card, scheduled to air on Fuel TV.
News of the bout change was confirmed through the UFC’s website..
A protege of Wanderlei Silva who now works with Gil Martinez at Xtreme Couture, Lopez made his UFC debut this past September where he dropped a unanimous decision to Justin Edwards. Prior to the loss “Lil Monster” won ten straight bouts. The 23-year-old has won eleven fights overall with five coming by way o a strike-based stoppage.
Riddle, who many may remember from a stint on TUF, has never fought outside of the Octagon but finds his back against the cage when he meets Lopez as he’s dropped his last two contests, both by decision, putting him in a must-win situation at the event.
UFC 143 is scheduled for February 4 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Top welterweights Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit will battle in the main event for the UFC interim welterweight title.
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