Azamat Gashimov is no longer the scheduled opponent for Alex Soto, as he has withdrawn from the planned UFC on FUEL TV 3 card. Now, Soto will face Francisco Rivera at the May 15 show set for Fairfax, Virginia. The main event of the card is scheduled to be Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung.
Rivera (7-2) has removed himself from a planned Tachi Palace Fights card on May 10 to take the bout with Soto (6-1-1). Rivera has won two straight fights since losses to Reuben Duran in the UFC and Erik Koch in the WEC.
Soto lost his UFC debut to Michael McDonald, also his first career defeat. Five of his wins have involved some form of stoppage.
Sherdog was the first to report the change to the fight.
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