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Trevin Jones will still get to compete on the upcoming blockbuster pay-per-view card.
Two people with knowledge of the booking informed MMA Junkie of the matchup, but asked to remain anonymous since the promotion has yet to make an official announcement.
UFC 259 takes place Saturday, March 6 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.
In his promotional debut, Jones (12-6 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) mounted an incredible comeback when he finished Timur Valiev in the second round at UFC on ESPN 15 this past August. However, the Nevada Athletic Commission overturned Jones’ win to a no contest after he tested positive for marijuana.
Since dropping his UFC debut to bantamweight contender Cory Sandhagen in January 2019, Bautista has notched back-to-back bonuses in a “Fight of the Night” win over Jin Soo Son and, most recently, a flying knee finish of Miles Johns at UFC 247.
With the change, the UFC 259 lineup now includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya – for light heavyweight title
Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson
Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling
Drew Dober vs. Islam Makhachev
Aleksandar Rakic vs. Thiago Santos
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET)
Dominick Cruz vs. Casey Kenney
Kyler Phillips vs. Song Yadong
Askar Askarov vs. Joseph Benavidez
Amanda Lemos vs. Livinha Souza
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+)
Sean Brady vs. Jake Matthews
Mario Bautista vs. Trevin Jones
Aalon Cruz vs. Uros Medic
Tim Elliott vs. Jordan Espinosa
Rogerio Bontorin vs. Kai Kara-France
Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Carlos Ulberg