Though it was unfortunate to see Lyoto Machida removed from his rumble with Kennedy, it didn’t take the UFC long to find an adequate replacement. Natal is on a three-fight winning streak, so he deserves the opportunity from that standpoint, and he was already training for a tilt in November so he’ll be in top shape as well. Natal’s skill-set should also make for a more interesting clash with Kennedy come showtime, as they’re not only evenly matched but the Brazilian takes a more aggressive approach to competition than the notoriously elusive Machida.
The UFC’s matchmaking team has been busy as of late, rounding up replacements for a handful of outings affected by injury withdrawals and booking new bouts. Though only one of the efforts is main event material, the fights all look good on paper and should end up producing a handful of highlights come showtime. From longtime veterans of the Octagon to a heavily-hyped newcomer, here are the five newest fights destined for the infamous eight-sided cage. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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