A fight-week shuffle has resulted in two bouts getting promoted on Friday’s UFC 207 lineup.
With Cain Velasquez (14-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) recently forced out of a bout with fellow ex-heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC), one fight has been promoted from the FS1 prelims to the pay-per-view main card, and one UFC Fight Pass prelim has been bumped up to the FS1 portion of the card.
UFC 207 takes place Friday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the main card airs on PPV following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The open PPV slot goes to UFC welterweight veteran Dong Hyun Kim (21-3-1 MMA, 12-3 UFC) and former Strikeforce champ Tarec Saffiedine (16-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC). Kim, who’s on a 6-1 run (the loss came to now-champ Tyron Woodley), is No. 9 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, and Saffiedine, who missed all of 2015 due to injuries but now fights for the third time in 2016, is unranked and looks to rebound from a May decision loss to Rick Story.
Taking the Kim-Saffiedine spot on the FS1 prelims is a welterweight fight between Brandon Thatch (11-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) and Niko Price(8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), which initially was slated as UFC 207’s UFC Fight Pass-streamed curtain-jerker.
UFC 207 now features just 10 fights and kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. PT).
The full UFC 207 lineup now includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Amanda Nunes vs. Ronda Rousey – for women’s bantamweight title
Champ Dominick Cruz vs. Cody Garbrandt – for bantamweight title