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Ramazan Kuramagomedov replaces Randy Brown on short notice, meets Alex Oliveira at UFC Vegas 20

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Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira
Brazilian welterweight Alex Oliveira has a new opponent for UFC Vegas 20 at UFC APEX this Saturday
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The UFC has signed Ramazan Kuramagomedov as Alex Oliveira’s new opponent for Saturday night’s UFC Vegas 20 event, multiple sources with knowledge of the news confirmed to MMA Fighting following a report from MMA Junkie.

The Brazilian welterweight was expected to face Randy Brown at the Fight Night show on Feb. 27, but Brown withdrew due to undisclosed reasons.

Kuramagomedov (8-0) competed once inside the octagon, scoring a split decision victory over Jordan Williams at Dana White’s Contender Series in July 2019. White disagreed with the judges at the time, opting to sign neither — both fighters eventually made it to the UFC. Kuramagomedov extended his unbeaten record with a pair of submissions after that.

Oliveira (22-9-1, 2 NC) has fought for the UFC since 2015 and holds a mixed record that includes notable wins over Carlos Condit, Will Brooks, Ryan LaFlare and Tim Means. “Cowboy” recently had a two-fight winning streak snapped by Shavkat Rakhmonov in Abu Dhabi.

UFC Vegas 20 will be headlined by Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Ciryl Gane. Check the updated lineup below.

Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Ciryl Gane
Nikita Krylov vs. Magomed Ankalaev
Montana De La Rosa vs. Mayra Bueno Silva
Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera
Angela Hill vs. Ashley Yoder
Alex Caceres vs. Kevin Croom
Alexander Hernandez vs. Thiago Moises
Alex Oliveira vs. Ramazan Kuramagomedov
Alexis Davis vs. Sabina Mazo
William Knight vs. Alonzo Menifield
Vince Cachero vs. Ronnie Lawrence
Dustin Jacoby vs. Maxim Grishin