Max Holloway has a new opponent for Saturday night. | Photo: Dave Mandel/

An injury has forced unbeaten featherweight Mirsad Bektic to withdraw from this weekend’s Ultimate Fighting Championship card in Tulsa, Okla.

Bektic was set to meet fellow prospect Max Holloway on the main card of UFC Fight Night “Henderson vs. dos Anjos,” which takes place Saturday at Tulsa’s BOK Center. Instead, UFC officials Monday announced, Holloway will tangle with short-notice replacement and Octagon newcomer Clay Collard.

Saturday’s card will be headlined by a lightweight duel between former champion Benson Henderson and Brazilian contender Rafael dos Anjos. Bektic is one of several fighters who has been pulled from the card due to injury, including Demian Maia, Brandon Thatch and Tim Elliott.

Holloway -- who last month replaced Bektic’s original opponent, Ernest Chavez -- will look to run his winning streak to three straight after finishes of Andre Fili and Will Chope. The 22-year-old Hawaiian holds a 5-3 record inside the Octagon and has been finished only once in 12 professional fights.

Collard, 21, will make his UFC debut on less than one week’s notice. The Pit Elevated Fight Team member has not lost in his last five fights, though a February 2013 stoppage win against Jordan Clements was overturned due to a failed drug test.

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