With Ryan Benoit out, Jarred Brooks is stepping in to save a fight at UFC 228.
MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi confirmed with officials that Brooks will fight Roberto Sanchez in a flyweight bout Saturday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Brooks replaces Benoit, who was forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury.
The news was first reported via Brooks’s social media.
This will be Brooks’s first appearance since losing to Jose Torres at UFC Utica in June. That bout ended in bizarre fashion when Brooks knocked himself out in the second round attempting a highlight-reel slam. “The Monkey God” has lost two straight since starting his career 13-0.
Sanchez (8-1) is coming off of a first-round rear-naked choke submission win over Joby Sanchez (no relation) this past February. A former Legacy Fighting Alliance flyweight champion, Sanchez is 1-1 since joining the UFC.