Stipe Miocic will fight Fabricio Werdum on less than two weeks notice, stepping in for Cain Velasquez to compete for the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 196.
Werdumn vs Miocic will highlight the February 6, the event coincides with Super Bowl weekend from Las Vegas. The main card airs live on pay-per-view from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Velasquez (13-2) suffered a back injury that will sideline him indefinitely. The former UFC heavyweight champion was looking to regain the title he lost to Werdum last year.
Miocic (14-2) competed earlier this month, earning his eighth Octagon victory with a 54-second finish vs. former champion Andrei Arlovski. Werdum (20-5-1) has a matching 8-2 UFC record.
Below is the complete lineup:
MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)
UFC Heavyweight Championship
Fabricio Werdum (c) vs. Stipe Miocic
Welterweight: Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson
Heavyweight: Roy Nelson vs. Jared Rosholt
Light Heavyweight: Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante vs. Ovince Saint Preux
Flyweight: Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 pm. ET)
Lightweight: Josh Burkman vs. KJ Noons
Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis vs. Damian Grabowski
Welterweight: Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer
Light Heavyweight: Misha Cirkunov vs. Alex Nicholson
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Mickey Gall vs. Mike Jackson
Featherweight: Artem Lobov vs. Alex White
Flyweight: Ray Borg vs. Justin Scoggins
Featherweight: Noad Lahat vs. Diego Rivas