John Lineker reported yesterday that he had to pull out of his bout with Cody Garbrandt this weekend in Pittsburgh, however the UFC has quickly replaced Lineker with the MMA Lab’s Augusto Mendes at UFC Fight Night 83.
UFC Fight Night 83 will be held on February 21, 2016 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Garbrandt made his UFC debut in 2015 and quickly picked up a pair of wins over Enrique Briones and Marcus Brimage. A talented prospect, Garbrandt owns six knockout wins in his seven career victories to date. Garbrandt reacted to the opponent change positively.
New opponent same outcome! This one is for my fans!! ???? @ufc
— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) February 16, 2016
A multiple time jiu-jitsu world champion, “Tanquinho” Mendes signed with the UFC to replace injured Jimy Hettes at UFC Fight Night 81 in Boston earlier this year, however, right after signing a deal with the UFC, the Brazilian suffered a rib injured in training and was forced off the card.
With this fight change, UFC Fight Night 83 now looks like this.
Main Card (Fox Sports 1)
Donald Cerrone vs. Alex Oliveira
Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro
Cody Garbrandt vs. Augusto Mendes
Dennis Bermudez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs
James Krause vs. Shane Campbell
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland
Daniel Sarafian vs. Oluwale Bamgbose
Jonavin Webb vs. Nathan Coy
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Marion Reneau vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
Anthony Hamilton vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov