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Francimar Barroso replaces injured Rafael Cavancante, meets Ovince Saint Preux at UFC Fight Night 56

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Ovince Saint Preux has a new opponent for his next UFC bout.

The UFC announced that former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael Cavalcante was pulled from his co-main event bout with OSP at the UFC Fight Night 56 card in Uberlandia, Brazil with an injury Friday, and will be replaced by Nova Uniao’s Francimar Barroso.

There is no official word yet if Barroso vs. Preux will serve as the co-main event.

Barroso (16-4), a former Shooto Brazil and WOCS 205-pound champion, defeated Ednaldo Oliveira in his UFC debut in 2013, but suffered a split decision loss to Hans Stringer in his next bout. The Brazilian was slated to meet Patrick Cummins earlier this year, but withdrew from the planned fight with an injury.

OSP (16-6) looks to get back on track following a unanimous decision loss to light heavyweight contender Ryan Bader in August. The loss snapped OSP’s five-fight winning streak, which included finishes over Ryan Jimmo, Nikita Krylov and Cody Donovan under the UFC banner.

Another bout official for the fight card is Claudio Silva vs. Leon Edwards. Silva (11-1), who hasn’t lost since 2007, defeated Brad Scott in his Octagon debut in March. Edwards (8-1), the current BAMMA British welterweight champion, signed with the UFC after six straight victories.

Headlined by Mauricio Rua vs. Jimi Manuwa, UFC Fight Night 56 takes place at the Tancredo Neves gymnasium in Uberlandia, Brazil.

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