Bryce Mitchell will step in on short notice and face Josh Emmett in a featherweight contender bout at UFC 296 on Dec. 16 in Las Vegas, the promotion announced Wednesday. Mitchell will fill in for Giga Chikadze, who withdrew from the scheduled bout earlier this week after suffering a groin tear in training.
The UFC has a new potential star emerging at 155 pounds. Georgian lightweight Arman Tsarukyan (21-3) knocked out Beneil Dariush (22-6-1) with a piston right hand in just 64 seconds on Saturday. The fight headlined UFC Fight Night inside Moody Center.
The UFC's return to China will be headlined by one of the best Chinese MMA fighters in the world. Song Yadong will face Chris Gutierrez in the UFC Shanghai main event Dec. 9, sources confirmed with ESPN on Tuesday. MagicM_MMABets on X first reported the news.