Sijara Eubanks is about to make a quick turnaround. She's now fighting Ketlen Vieira at UFC 253 on Sept. 26, sources told ESPN's Brett Okamoto on Wednesday. Eubanks just beat Julia Avila on Sept. 12. Vieira's original opponent, Marion Reneau, had to withdraw from UFC 253 due to an undisclosed injury. Vieira vs. Eubanks is a big fight at women's 135 pounds.
The UFC is finalizing a key lightweight bout between Diego Ferreira and Drew Dober for Nov. 7, multiple sources told ESPN's Brett Okamoto. Ferreira (17-2) has won six straight and is coming off a win over Anthony Pettis. Dober (23-9, 1 NC) has won three straight and six of seven.
Red-hot prospect Khamzat Chimaev's U.S. debut is official. Chimaev will meet Gerald Meerschaert in a middleweight bout Sept. 19, the UFC announced Friday. Also on the card from Las Vegas, a pair of light heavyweight hopefuls, Johnny Walker and Ryan Spann, will square off. Plus, Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Mackenzie Dern faces Rando Markos in an important women's strawweight bout.