With Antonio Rogerio Nogueira out due to a failed USADA drug test, Jan Blachowicz will step in and face Jared Cannonier at UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Light heavyweight Jared Cannonier has a new opponent to fight at UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg. UFC officials confirmed that Jan Blachowicz has agreed to fill in for Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who was removed from the card after testing positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide.
Blachowicz (20-7) snapped a two-fight losing skid with an impressive bulldog choke finish of Devin Clark at UFC Gdansk in Poland. The 34-year-old is just 2-4 in his last six, but is still #14 in the official LHW rankings.
Cannonier (10-2) beat up and stopped Nick Roehrick back in July, but he was originally slated to face Steve Bosse, who pulled out with an injury. This will be Cannonier’s fourth fight at 205 pounds, having defeated ion Cutelaba last year before losing to Glover Teixeira at UFC 208.
The UFC also announced a welterweight matchup between Sheldon Westcott and Danny Roberts, which will take place on the preliminary card.
UFC on FOX 26 takes place on Saturday, December 16th at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main event is a #1 contender matchup between welterweights Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos.