Marcin Held will remain on next week’s UFC Fight Night 118 lineup, after all.
This past week Teemu Packalen (8-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) announced a knee injury forced him out of his fight with lightweight Held (22-7 MMA, 0-3 UFC). Today, officials announced promotional newcomer Nasrat Haqparast (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement (via Twitter):
UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Oct. 21 at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, and the entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass. Held vs. Haqparast is currently slated as the featured prelim.
Haqparast, a 22-year-old Afghan, is on an 8-0 run since a loss in his 2012 pro debut. The Kings MMA fighter has scored a knockout in every one of his career victories, and six have come in the first round. Most recently, he fought at Superior FC 17 in May and stopped Ruslan Kalyniuk in the third round.
Held, a 25-year-old Polish fighter, has had a rough go of it since leaving Bellator, where he was a former title challenger, and joining the UFC. He has decision losses to Diego Sanchez and Joe Lauzon, though even Lauzon said Held was robbed in with the decision. In May Damir Hadzovic knocked him out in the third round. Held is now in a three-fight skid and 1-4 since 2015.
The latest UFC Fight Night 118 lineup now includes:
MAIN CARD (3 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Pass)
PRELIMINARY CARD (11:45 a.m. ET, UFC Fight Pass)