UFC 170: Raphael Assuncao vs. Pedro Munhoz on tap for Feb. 22 with Francisco Rivera hurt

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Rivera suffered a broken hand and was forced to withdraw.

Well, it's not Renan Barao, but it's still a pay day.

Top Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight contender Raphael Assuncao will face short-notice replacement Pedro Munhoz at the upcoming UFC 170 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Feb. 22, 2014.

MMA Fighting confirmed the pairing (via MMA Sun) earlier today.

Assuncao (21-4) has been in control of the promotion's 135-pound division since late 2011, reeling off five consecutive wins in a division that is short on viable contenders. The Brazilian was last seen taking a hard-fought split decision over TJ Dillashaw last October.

And he's set to welcome a fresh face to the Octagon.

Munhoz (10-0) is no stranger to stateside competition, racking up four straight wins for Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) over the better part of two years, including his submission victory over Billy Daniels just last month in Los Angeles, California.

Now it's time for the big leagues.

UFC 170 will be headlined by a 135-pound women's championship contest pitting Ronda Rousey against fellow Olympian Sara McMann. The co-main event will feature a light heavyweight showdown between Rashad Evans and Daniel Cormier while Demian Maia and Rory MacDonald collide in main card action.

Good stuff.

To check out the latest UFC 170: "Rousey vs. McMann" fight card and rumors click here.

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