UFC announces schedule changes

The UFC has announced several major changes to its upcoming schedule.

A light heavyweight bout between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva is now targeted for co-main event status at UFC 175 pay-per-view on July 5 in Las Vegas. The bout was originally scheduled to headline a UFC Fight Night on May 31.

A heavyweight bout between former champion Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miocic will now headline the event on May 31, which takes place in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The fight was originally announced for UFC 173 on May 24 in Las Vegas.

UFC officials confirmed the changes to ESPN.com, following an initial report by Yahoo! Sports.

The UFC 173 card now consists of a bantamweight title fight between Renan Barao and T.J. Dillashaw and a welterweight bout featuring Jake Ellenberger and Robbie Lawler. The event will take place inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

A middleweight title fight between Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida is still set to headline UFC 175, with the Sonnen and Silva grudge match as the co-main event. The Mandalay Bay Events Center will host the pay-per-view.