Damir Hadzovic has a new opponent, but on a different date.
Nikolas Motta has been forced out of UFC on ESPN 24 on May 8 due to an injury, and Hadzovic (13-6 MMA, 3-4 UFC) will now face Yancy Medeiros (15-7 MMA, 6-7 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 188 on May 22, which takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
A person with knowledge of the situation informed MMA Junkie of the targeted booking Friday but asked to remain anonymous since the promotion has yet to make a formal announcement.
Hadzovic will look to snap a two-fight losing skid as he returns from a 16-month layoff. After scoring back-to-back wins over Nick Hein and Marco Polo Reyes, “The Bosnian Bomber” dropped a unanimous decision to Christos Giagos in June 2019, followed by a first-round submission loss to Renato Moicano in March 2020.
Meanwhile, having lost his past three in a row, Medeiros will also look to get back to the win column. Since dropping back down to lightweight, Medeiros has suffered back-to-back losses to Gregor Gillespie and, most recently, Lando Vannata in February 2020. Prior to his losing skid, Medeiros had scored three-straight finishes over Sean Spencer, Erick Silva and Alex Oliveira.
With the addition, the May 22 lineup now includes:
Rob Font vs. Cody Garbrandt
David Dvorak vs. Raulian Paiva
Felicia Spencer vs. Danyelle Wolf
Denys Bondar vs. Victor Rodriguez
Carla Esparza vs. Yan Xiaonan
Justin Tafa vs. Jared Vanderaa
Josh Culibao vs. Yilan Sha
Damir Hadzovic vs. Yancy Medeiros