The UFC’s fourth event of 2017, and first in Canada, has seen some major card upheaval over the last few weeks. The original main event, which would have seen Junior dos Santos rematch Stefan Struve, was scuttled when Struve suffered an injury. Apparently the promotion couldn’t find a replacement to take on JDS, so he was scrapped from the card altogether.
In their place, the UFC promoted another heavyweight bout between Derrick Lewis and Travis Browne to the headlining spot today. It had been scheduled for UFC 208, eight days beforehand.
That’s not all they added though. Despite the event being just under four weeks away, not many bouts had been scheduled for the show. They remedied that today though, adding five new bouts to the card.
The first is one that had been rumored for a while. Johny Hendricks will indeed make his middleweight debut on the card, meeting former Bellator champ Hector Lombard at 185 pounds.
The other four are new. In the women’s bantamweight division, Sara McMann (10-3, 4-3 UFC) will meet Liz Carmouche (11-5, 3-3 UFC). Both ladies have won two fights in a row going into this bout. A couple of Canadians will compete on home turf as Ryan Janes (9-1, 1-0 UFC) will take on Gerald Meerschaert (25-8, 1-0 UFC) at middleweight, while Gavin Tucker (9-0, 0-0 UFC) will make his promotional debut against veteran Sam Sicilia (15-7, 5-6 UFC).
Finally, two scrapped bouts have created one new one. Paul Felder (12-3, 4-3 UFC) will face off with Alex Ricci (10-4, 0-1 UFC).
UFC Halifax goes down February 19th.