Terry Etim (14-3) has been scratched from his upcoming lightweight match up against Joe Lauzon (18-5) at UFC 118: "Edgar vs. Penn 2," paving the way for cake boss Gabe Reudiger to make his triumphant return to the Octagon on Aug. 28 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
MMAmania.com learned about the switch, which has yet to be made official by the promotion, shortly after Etim suffered a broken rib in training.
Lauzon and Reudiger both participated on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5 season, with "J-Lau" reaching the semifinals and "Godzilla" making an early exit because he couldn't make weight to fight Corey Hill.
That was then, this is now.
Lauzon most recently came up empty against the resurgent Sam Stout at UFC 108: "Evans vs. Silva" back on Jan. 8, 2010. It was only the second loss for the Boston-area native since his stunning debut under the Zuffa banner against Jens Pulver way back in Sept. 2006.
Reudiger, meanwhile, has been on a tear competing on the smaller circuit, winning six straight fights -- all of them stoppages. Just last month he finished Lenny Lovato in the first round to earn the vacant Tachi Palace Fights lightweight title.
UFC 118 will feature the rematch between Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn for "The Answer's" lightweight title, a number one 155-pound contender bout in the form of Kenny Florian vs. Gray Maynard and, of course, the highly anticipated heavyweight fight between James Toney and Randy Couture.
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