The UFC has signed Douglas Lima, a 22-0 fighter, to replace Thiago Tavares and face Zubair Tuhugov next weekend at UFC Fight Night 36.
Combate first reported the news out of Brazil, which has since been confirmed by the UFC, where the card goes down February 15. In the main event, Lyoto Machida squares off with Gegard Mousasi.
Silva (22-0) owns 17 career knockout finishes. He was scheduled to compete for the Jungle Fight bantamweight title, but will take this bout at featherweight.
Tuhogov (15-3) is on a six-fight win streak and has six stoppage victories to his credit.
The Tavares-Tuhogov bout was scheduled to kickoff the FOX Sports 1 main card. It remains unknown if Silva-Tuhogov will still occupy that spot, or if changes will come.
Below is the current fight card:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10:30 p.m. ET)
Middleweight: Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi
Middleweight: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Francis Carmont
Welterweight: Erick Silva vs. Takenori Sato
Welterweight: Viscardi Andrade vs. Nicholas Musoke
Featherweight: Douglas Silva vs. Zubair Tuhugov
PRELIMINARY CARD (Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)
Featherweight: Charles Oliveira vs. Andy Ogle
Featherweight: Cristiano Marcello vs. Joe Proctor
Lightweight: Rodrigo Damm vs. Ivan Jorge
Lightweight: Francisco Trinaldo vs. Jesse Ronson
Bantamweight: Iuri Alcantara vs. Wilson Reis
Featherweight: Felipe Arantes vs. Maximo Blanco
Welterweight: Ildemar Alcantara vs. Albert Tumenov
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