Due to undisclosed reasons, Mairbek Taisumov is out of his fight with Nik Lentz at UFC 203. Now, promotional newcomer Michael McBride will step-up on short notice to fight Lentz. The news was confirmed on Thursday by MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani.
Making his UFC debut, lightweight McBride will be looking to extend his wining streak to five in a row. McBride is 8-1 as a professional fighter, with all wins coming by submission. He last fought in November at MMC 61, defeating Derek Loffer via second-round triangle choke.
Lentz, who recently returned to the lightweight division back in December, is currently 5-2 in his last seven outings. Lentz last competed at UFC on Fox 17, defeating Danny Castillo via split decision.
UFC 203 takes place on Sept. 10 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland's Stipe Miocic is scheduled to make his first heavyweight title defense in the main event of the card against Alistair Overeem.