With Justin Scoggins out of his UFC on FOX 26 bout with Tim Elliott, the UFC has signed Pietro Menga in his place to meet The Ultimate Fighter 24 winner.
UFC on Fox 26 will be held on December 16, 2017, at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
MMAKings announced the news on Twitter.
— Nolan King (@mma_kings) December 3, 2017
Elliot returned to the UFC last December, earning a title shot against Demetrious Johnson after winning the Ultimate Fighter 24 season. Elliott would go on to lose a competitive five-round decision, and he is 1-1 since with a unanimous decision win over Louis Smolka followed by a 49-second submission loss to Ben Nguyen.
Menga, who has an undefeated professional record of 13-0, is coming off a 41-second KO win over Spencer Hewitt at Bellator 158 in London.
With this announcement, UFC on FOX 26 now looks like this:
Main Card (FOX)
Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Mike Perry
Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov
Ricardo Lamas vs. Josh Emmett
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Jan Błachowicz vs. Jared Cannonier
Vitor Miranda vs. Julian Marquez
Chad Laprise vs. Galore Bofando
Tim Elliott vs. Pietro Menga
John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo
Alessio Di Chirico vs. Oluwale Bamgbose
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Jordan Mein vs. Erick Silva
Nordine Taleb vs. Sultan Aliev
Sheldon Westcott vs. Danny Roberts