Makwan Amirkhani lost an opponent, but he’s staying on the UFC 267 card.
Officials announced Tuesday that Lerone Murphy (10-0-1) is stepping in as a replacement for Tristan Connelly to fight Amirkhani (16-6) in a featherweight bout at the upcoming pay-per-view event scheduled to take place at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 30.
Connelly announced on Instagram that he was forced to withdraw from the originally scheduled bout after undergoing neck surgery and that he hopes to compete again in early 2022.
Amirkhani looks to snap a two-fight skid after dropping back-to-back decisions to Kamuela Kirk and Edson Barboza. The 10-fight UFC veteran has lost three of his past four bouts, with his most recent win being a first-round anaconda choke submission against Danny Henry in July of last year.
Murphy has yet to taste defeat in three octagon outings. “The Miracle” debuted in the UFC with a split draw against Zubaira Tukhugov and has since won two straight against Douglas Silva de Andrade and Ricardo Ramos.