Injuries have forced the UFC to make two more changes to the
UFC on Fox 6 undercard, as middleweights Michael
Kuiper and Rafael
Natal will square off with Josh
Janousek and Sean
Spencer at the Jan. 26 event.
Promotion officials announced the news Tuesday, revealing that
Roberts and Magnus
Cedenblad had withdrawn from their respective pairings due to
injury. The development marks the third change of opponent for
Kuiper, who was previously booked to face Thiago
de Oliveira Perpetuo, Caio
Magalhaes and Roberts before injuries scrapped all three
Headlined by a flyweight title showdown between reigning champion
Johnson and challenger John Dodson,
UFC on Fox 6 takes place next Saturday at Chicago’s United Center.
The evening’s main card airs live on the Fox network, while FX will
broadcast the prelims.
Kuiper, 23, was handed his first career defeat by Natal in his
Octagon debut but rebounded from that setback to stop Jared
Hamman last August at UFC 150. Janousek, meanwhile, joins the
UFC on the strength of a six-fight winning streak. The NCAA
Division II wrestling standout has finished five of his eight
career victims, earning three wins by way of knockout.
Natal, 30, saw a two-fight winning streak snapped in his most
recent outing against Andrew
Craig, who recovered from a knockdown to stop “Sapo” with a
second-round head kick last July at UFC on Fuel TV 4. In Spencer,
Natal faces a once-beaten prospect riding three straight wins
heading into his Octagon debut. Spencer last competed in August,
when he took a unanimous decision over Evan Cutts
under the Texas-based Legacy Fighting Championship banner.