The UFC has today announced that Scott Askham is out of TUF 23 Finale. With Askham out, Ultimate Fighter Brazil winner Cezar Mutante steps in to face Anthony Smith. No reason was given for Askham’s withdrawal.
The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale will be held on July 8, 2016 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event is a part of UFC International Fight Week.
— UFC News (@UFCNews) April 28, 2016
Askham (14-2 MMA) was coming off a highlight reel headkick KO over Chris Dempsey at UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping in London earlier this year earning Askham a ‘Performance of the Night’ post fight bonus.
With this fight change, the TUF 23 finale now looks like this:
Joanna Jędrzejczyk (c) vs. Cláudia Gadelha for the UFC women’s strawweight title
James Krause vs. Ross Pearson
Cezar Muntante vs. Anthony Smith
Li Jingliang vs. Anton Zafir
Jake Matthews vs. Stevie Ray