The co-main event of the UFC's first show in Croatia has suffered a major blow as Russian prospect Ruslan Magomedov needed to pull out from his heavyweight bout against Gabriel Gonzaga, citing a knee injury, as MMA Junkie reported. However, another UFC heavyweight is set to take his place.
As Combate reported, Derrick "The Black Beast" Lewis (14-4-1 NC) will take the fight on one month's notice. The 31-year old will look for his third win in a row after two TKO victories over Viktor Pesta and Damian Grabowski. His last loss was a TKO loss to Shawn Jordan last June.
Gonzaga (17-10) saved his job when he snapped a three-fight losing skid, with losses to Stipe Miocic, Matt Mitrione and Mirko Cro Cop, by defeating Konstantin Erokhin by unanimous decision in very tedious fashion in the TUF 22 Finale back in December.
Gabriel Gonzaga will take on Derrick Lewis in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 86, in Zagreb, Croatia, on April 10. The Fox Sports 1 card will be headlined by another pair of heavyweights as Junior dos Santos takes on Ben Rothwell.