Zarrukh Adashev will still get to compete on “UFC Fight Island.”
Two people with knowledge of the booking informed MMA Junkie of the plans but requested anonymity as the UFC has yet to make a formal announcement. The @bigpunches Instagram channel was first to report the news.
Adashev, a former kickboxer, was signed to the UFC in June after notching three straight wins. His winning streak came to a halt in his promotional debut when he was knocked out by Tyson Nam at UFC on ESPN 10.
After dropping his UFC debut to Louis Smolka in November 2018, China’s Mudaerji has won two in a row. The 24-year-old is coming off a 44-second “Performance of the Night” knockout of Malcom Gordon at UFC on ESPN 18.
With the change, the lineup for UFC Fight Night on Jan. 20 includes:
Michael Chiesa vs. Neil Magny
Viviane Araujo vs. Roxanne Modafferi
Tyson Nam vs. Matt Schnell
Francisco Figueredo vs. Jerome Rivera
Dean Barry vs. Mike Jackson
Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera
Zarrukh Adashev vs. Su Mudaerji
Lerone Murphy vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade
Vinicius Moreira vs. Ike Villanueva
Manon Fiorot vs. Victoria Leonardo