Sherdog has has a report that lightweight Justin Buchholz is dropping out of his fight with Terry Etim at next week's UFC 95 due to a staph infection, and will be replaced by current Palace Fighting Championship lightweight champion Brian "The Bandit" Cobb.
Cobb (15-4) is on a nine-fight winning streak, and has a victory over UFC veteran and noted grappler Diego Saraiva. Cobb is also notable for having of the few "submission via full nelson" victories on his record. A college wrestler at Cal State Bakersfield, Cobb was introduced to MMA by Urijah Faber, who wrestled with Cobb's brothers at UC Davis. Now having successfully adapted his wrestling background to MMA along with 10 submission wins in his 15 career victories, Cobb will look to main a name for himself on the big stage in London.
Buchholz is a training partner of Faber's, so it's likely that Faber was involved in Cobb's new UFC contract and addition to the London card. Cobb is also scheduled to defend his PFC lightweight title against Carlo Prater in May, but it remains to be seen if he will continue competing for PFC if he's successful in his UFC debut. He will face a tough test in Etim who combines slick grappling with a high-paced kickboxing arsenal.
Brian Cobb (15-4) vs. Terry Etim (11-2, 2-2 UFC)