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With Makhmud Muradov eliminated from UFC 301, Ihor Potieria takes on Michel Pereira in Rio

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Although Ihor Potieria has already been booked for a fight, he will be stepping in at UFC 301 on short notice.

Makhmud Muradov was forced out of his middleweight bout against Michel Pereira (30-11 MMA, 8-2) on May 4 UFC) at the Rio Arena in Rio de Janeiro (pay-per-view, ESPN+) due to an infection. He will be replaced by Potieria (21-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC), who is currently scheduled to face Shara Magomedov on June 22 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Both fighters confirmed the news on social media following an initial report from MMA Mania.

Potieria ended his two-fight losing streak with a unanimous decision victory over Robert Bryczek at UFC Fight Night 236 in February. Meanwhile, Pereira is 2-0 since moving up to middleweight, scoring a first-round TKO of Andre Petroski followed by a first-round submission of Michal Oleksiejczuk at UFC 299.

With the change, the latest UFC 301 lineup now includes:

  • Alexandre Pantoja vs. Stephen Erceg – for the flyweight title

  • Jose Aldo vs. Jonathan Martinez

  • Caio Borralho vs Paul Craig

  • Vitor Petrino vs. Anthony Smith

  • Michel Pereira vs. Ihor Poteira

  • Drakkar Klose vs Joaquim Silva

  • Kevin Borjas vs Alessandro Costa

  • Dione Barbosa vs. Ernesta Kareckaite

  • Joanderson Brito vs. Jack Shore

  • Elfen Brener vs. Myktybek Orolbai

  • William Gomis vs. Jean Silva

  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Iasmin Lucindo

  • Ismael Bonfim vs. Vinc Pichel

For more information on the card, check out MMA Junkie's UFC 301 event hub.

The story originally appeared on MMA Junkie