With less than two weeks to go before the cage door closes in “Big D,” Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is finally able to rubber stamp its UFC 228 pay-per-view (PPV) fight card, locked and loaded for Sat., Sept. 8, 2018 inside American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.
That’s because Brandon Davis agreed to step up on short notice to throw hands with Zabit Magomedsharipov after original opponent, Yair Rodriguez, was forced to withdraw from the 145-pound contest due to injury, according to FloCombat.
It’s a spot that could have have went to bantamweight bricklayer John Lineker; however, promotion matchmaker Sean Shelby labeled “Hands of Stone” too tiny for the featherweight affair and opted for “Killer B” instead.
Davis (9-4), who was last seen coming up short against Enrique Barzola last May in Chile, punched his way into UFC after a successful debut on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, but is just 1-2 since making his promotion debut earlier this year.
As for Magomedsharipov (15-1), he looks to be unstoppable based on his three trips to the Octagon. That includes last April’s war against Kyle Bochniak at UFC 223 in Brooklyn, his eleventh straight win.
To see the finalized UFC 228 fight card and line up click here.