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Report: Alexander Hernandez steps in for Islam Makhachev against Francisco Trinaldo at UFC 233

Lightweight Islam Makhachev was removed from his bout at UFC 233 for undisclosed reasons.

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The lightweight pairing between Islam Makhachev and Francisco Trinaldo did not last too long.

Scheduled for UFC 233 in January, the bout suffered a change after the Russian fighter was removed from the card on an undisclosed reason, according to Combate’s report. However, the match did not go too long without a substitute because prospect Alexander Hernandez already accepted the challenge.

Currently on a four-fight winning streak, Islam Makhachev (16-1) is a rising prospect at lightweight. With wins over the likes of Chris Wade, Nik Lentz, Gleison Tibau and Kajan Johnson, the 27-year-old hasn’t lost since October 2015, when Adriano Martins knocked him out. It is unknown whether or not the withdrawal is related to his involvement in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl.

Veteran Francisco Trinaldo (23-6) will look for a second straight win after TKO’ing Evan Dunham in the latter’s retirement fight back in September. Before that, the TUF Brazil 1 alum dropped a unanimous decision to James Vick in February.

Alexander Hernandez (10-1) has been one of 2018’s most impressive prospects. With a knockout win over Beneil Dariush in his Octagon debut, followed up by a unanimous decision victory over Olivier Aubin-Mercier, the 26-year-old hasn’t lost in five years. His only defeat happened in June 2013, when he dropped a split decision to Jamall Emmers.

UFC 233 is set for January 26th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. A flyweight title fight between current champion Henry Cejudo and bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw is expected to headline the event.