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Several changes announced for UFC on FOX 26

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The UFC confirmed several changes to the their upcoming Winnipeg card on Dec. 16.

Jose Aldo stepping in to face Max Holloway left Ricardo Lamas without a dance partner for the event, but Josh Emmett has replaced the Brazilian to face the former title contender in the co-main event.

Emmett is coming of his record-breaking win over Felipe Arantes at UFC Gdansk in October. The 32-year-old sent Arantes to the canvas four times in the first round of their bout to set the record for knockdowns in a single round.

UFC also confirmed unbeaten UK flyweight Pietro Menga will step in to replace Justin Scoggins in his bout against former title contender and TUF winner Tim Elliott.

Menga had given up hope of getting a flyweight contract with the promotion and had decided to tryout for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter at featherweight to get his foot in the door. The Manchester native has been out of action for over a year since he scored a highlight reel knockout over Spencer Hewitt at Bellator 158.

Another Englishman, Darren Stewart, has stepped up on short notice to replace Vitor Miranda in his clash with DWTNCS standout Julian Marquez.

Middleweight Stewart has yet to taste victory in the Octagon since being signed as an unbeaten prospect. He lost his rematch to Brazilian Francimar Barroso after their first meeting was ruled a no-contest. Karl Roberson submitted the Brit in his third outing last month at UFC Norfolk last month.

Nordine Taleb and Danny Roberts are also set to face off after both of their original opponents, Sultan Aliev and Sheldon Westcott, were forced off the card. Roberts got back in the win column at UFC Glasgow with a knockout over Bobby Nash in July after Mike Perry handed him his first promotional loss at UFC 204.

Taleb also got back to winning ways with a decision victory over Swedish prospect Oliver Enkamp in May. His only other appearance this year resulted in a decision loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC Fight Night 105.

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