Originally scheduled to face Bobby Green on June 9, “The Carpenter” will now take on Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert Charles Oliveira, who stepped up to replace Green on 10 days’ notice. The UFC announced the match-up on Wednesday.
According to sources close to the situation, Oliveira still needs to get a work visa and medical exams done before flying to Chicago next week.
Guida (34-17) fought for the last time in November, stopping Joe Lauzon in 67 seconds. He looks to win three in a row for the first time since 2010-11, when he scored victories over Anthony Pettis, Takanori Gomi, Rafael dos Anjos and Shannon Gugerty.
Oliveira (22-8, 1 no-contest) has gone 1-1 since he was forced to move back up to the lightweight division, recently losing via second-round TKO to Paul Felder. “Do Bronx”, who stopped Will Brooks in April 2017, won two of five in his first run at lightweight between 2010 and 2011.
UFC 225 will be headlined by a pair of championship bouts at the United Center. Robert Whittaker puts his middleweight belt on the line against Yoel Romero in the main event, while Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington face off for the interim welterweight gold in the co-main event.