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Due to COVID-19 protocols, Knight (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has been removed from UFC 260 and will be replaced by promotional newcomer and LFA light heavyweight champion Fabio Cherant, the promotion announced Wednesday.
UFC 260 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.
Knight vs. Menifield (9-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) originally was scheduled for UFC Fight Night 186 on Feb. 27. However, Menifield tested positive for COVID-19, and the fight was rebooked for UFC 260.
Massachusetts’ Cherant (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) enters his UFC debut on the heels of a Feb. 12 title-clinching victory at LFA 99. He extended his winning streak to three when he defeated Myron Dennis via unanimous decision to claim the vacant LFA light heavyweight championship.
With the change, the complete UFC 260 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou – for heavyweight title
Vicente Luque vs. Tyron Woodley
Thomas Almeida vs. Sean O’Malley
Miranda Maverick vs. Gillian Robertson
Jamie Mullarkey vs. Khama Worthy
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET)
Fabio Cherant vs. Alonzo Menifield
Jared Gooden vs. Abubakar Nurmagomedov
Modestas Bukauskas vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
Omar Morales vs. Shane Young
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 7 p.m. ET)
Abu Azaitar vs. Marc-Andre Barriault