The UFC has announced today that Henry Briones is out of his UFC Fight Night 83 bout with Brad Pickett with an unisclosed injury. The UFC also announced that replacing Briones in London would be #15 ranked bantamweight Francisco Rivera.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) January 22, 2016
UFC Fight Night 83 will be held on February 27, 2016 at the The O2 Arena in London, England.
Pickett (24-10 MMA) is currently riding three fight losing streak under the UFC banner. Decision losses to Ian McCall and Chico Camus was followed by a brutal KO loss to Thomas Almeida at UFC 189. Pickett needs a win badly when the UFC returns to London. Rivera (11-5-1 MMA) has only won once in his last four. A KO win over Alex Caceres was followed up most recently with a submission loss to John Lineker at UFC 191. The fight between Lineker and Rivera earned both fighters ‘Fight of the Night’ honours.
With this fight alteration, UFC Fight Night 83 now looks like this
Main Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping
Gegard Mousasi vs. Thales Leites
Tom Breese vs. Keita Nakamura
Brad Pickett vs. Francisco Rivera
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Mike Wilkinson vs. Makwan Amirkhani
Davey Grant vs. Marlon Vera
Scott Askham vs. Chris Dempsey
Arnold Allen vs. Yaotzin Meza
Middleweight Brad Scott vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Norman Parke vs. Rustam Khabilov
Daniel Omielańczuk vs. Jarjis Danho
Teemu Packalen vs. Łukasz Sajewski
David Teymur vs. Martin Svensson