The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) net has caught another fish. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Carlos Diego Ferreira was recently pulled from his UFC Fight Night 88 fight on May 29 opposite Abel Trujillo due to a potential out-of-competition violation.
As a result, UFC newcomer and 28-year-old submission specialist Jordan Rinaldi will step up on less than two weeks notice to make his Octagon debut against one of the toughest fighters in the 155-pound division. Rinaldi (12-4) is currently riding a five-fight win streak and holds a submission victory over current UFC Featherweight Dennis Bermudez dating back to 2010.
For Trujillo (14-6-1 NC), this is an opportunity to fend off a hungry prospect and reestablish his worth within one of the deepest classes in mixed martial arts (MMA). The Blackzilians striker has won four of his last five, but he needs to extend his current two-fight win streak if he wants to make a push towards contention at 32 years of age.
UFC Fight Night 88 will take place on May 29 and will be headlined by a scintillating Bantamweight clash between knockout artists Thomas Almeida and Cody Garbrandt.