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Wellington Turman replaces John Phillips vs. Karl Roberson at UFC Sacramento

Karl Roberson
Karl Roberson will face another Brazilian inside the Octagon at UFC Sacramento.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

John Phillips is out of UFC Sacramento, but the promotion has already found a new opponent for Karl Roberson’s return to middleweight.

Roberson, who lost to Glover Teixeira in a light heavyweight match earlier this year, will now take on Brazilian middleweight prospect Wellington Turman at UFC Sacramento, which is scheduled for July 13 at the Golden1 Center.

Both fighters confirmed the booking on social media following a report by Combate.

Turman joins the company after racking up 15-2 record with four straight wins, capped off by a first-round submission over TUF Brazil runner-up Marcio Alexandre Jr. in April.

Roberson (7-2) went 2-1 in the UFC prior to his quick move to light heavyweight, defeating Darren Stewart and Jack Marshman. “Baby K” also scored an impressive 15-second knockout over Ryan Spann at Dana White’s Contender Series.

UFC Sacramento will be headlined by a bantamweight clash between former featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie and undefeated prospect Aspen Ladd, while former WEC champion Urijah Faber comes back from retirement to face Ricky Simon in the co-main event.