Elizeu Zaleski has a new opponent for UFC Sao Paulo on Sept. 22.
The rising welterweight will now take on undefeated newcomer Luigi Vendramini, who replaces Belal Muhammad at next week’s Fight Night event in Brazil, sources confirmed to MMA Fighting following a report by Combate.
Muhammad addressed his withdrawal on social media, citing an injury.
Vendramini makes his Octagon debut after racking up a perfect 7-0 record with seven finishes. The Brazilian-Italian lightweight, who has been training at Team Alpha Male, will move up to 170 pounds for the challenge.
Zaleski (19-5) is looking to score his sixth victory in a row under the UFC banner in Sao Paulo. His winning streak, which includes three post-fight bonuses, is capped off by a spinning hook kick knockout over Sean Strickland in May.
UFC Sao Paulo has been hit by six fight changes so far. In the main event, Thiago Santos replaced Glover Teixeira against Jimi Manuwa at the Ibirapuera gymnasium.