Wilson Reis will face Ivan Menjivar at UFC 165. | Photo: Mick
Yamamoto has withdrawn from his scheduled bantamweight showdown
Menjivar at UFC 165, and “The Pride of El Salvador” will now
meet Wilson Reis
UFC officials announced the swap on Tuesday, though a reason
for “Kid’s” withdrawal was not given. UFC
165 takes place Sept. 21 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
The evening’s main draw airs live on pay-per-view and is headlined
by a light heavyweight showdown between reigning divisional kingpin
Jones and surging Swedish challenger Alexander
Reis was initially supposed to make his Octagon debut against
Viana tomorrow at UFC Fight Night 28 in Brazil, but that
booking was scratched when “Wolverine” suffered a knee injury late
in his preparation. The former EliteXC 140-pound champion, Reis is
a veteran of four Bellator tournaments and rides a four-fight
winning streak into his UFC foray.
Menjivar, meanwhile, has lost two of his last three fights after
winning three straight from April 2011 to February 2012. The
31-year-old last saw action six months ago at UFC 157, when he was
submitted via rear-naked choke by Urijah Faber
in a rematch of their first meeting back in 2006. A 12-year pro,
Menjivar is a veteran of 35 pro fights and owns 19 victories by
either knockout or submission.