Magomedov out, Will Chope vs. Max Holloway signed for UFC Fight Night 34 in Singapore

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With Bekbulat Magomedov still under contract and scheduled to fight at RUFF, newly signed featherweight prospect, Will Chope will instead face Max Holloway at UFC: Singapore.

As reported earlier, 'The World's Tallest Featherweight' in Will Chope (19-5) has signed with the UFC and will be making his debut at UFC Fight Night 34 in Singapore. Although he initially received a bout agreement to face Bekbulat Magomedov, he won't be competing against the unbeaten Russian prospect as the fighter still had contractual obligations to fulfill with RUFF. Magomedov will have to complete his one-fight deal when he faces Chinese star Wang Guan next weekend, and this forced the UFC to find a new opponent for Chope.

As the fighter confirmed with on Thursday, Chope now has signed on for a new match up, and he will be welcomed to the UFC by Hawaii's Max Holloway (7-3) as part of UFN 34 line up in Singapore.

Holloway has had 6 fights with the UFC, going an even 3-3 with the promotion with wins over the likes of Leonard Garcia and Justin Lawrence. He has lost his last two bouts though, dropping decisions to Dennis Bermudez and Conor McGregor making this bout against Chope a must-win for the Hawaiian.

Holloway is one of the taller fighters in the division, but on this case he clearly won't have his usual reach advantage when he faces the 'Lanky Madness'. Standing at 6-foot-4, Chope has made a name for himself in the Asian MMA scene, winning a URCC title and recently claiming the biggest victory of his career when he trumped the current FW King of Pancrase in Takumi Nakayama at PXC 41.

Check out the current UFC Fight Night 34 card below:

UFC Fight Night 34: Singapore
January 4, 2014 -- Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine [5 rounds]
Hacran Dias vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Kiichi Kunimoto vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
Kyung Ho Kang vs. Shunichi Shimizu
Katsunori Kikuno vs. Quinn Mulhern
Will Chope vs. Max Holloway

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