Tavares was originally scheduled to meet Quinn Mulhern at the November 9 event before an injury laid waste to those plans. Without skipping a beat, the UFC brought in Justin Salas to see if the well-rounded 31-year old can build off his hard-fought win against Aaron Riley. He’s also got victories over veterans like Rob Emerson and Anton Kuivanen, but Salas has yet to find success against someone with the Brazilian’s notoriety. Meanwhile, Tavares should be out for blood after suffering a first-frame TKO in his previous pairing in hopes of picking back up where the submission specialist left off prior to the defeat when he beat Sam Stout/Spencer Fisher in back-to-back bouts.
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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