Reza Madadi steps in for Mairbek Taisumov, meets Joaquim Silva at UFC Fight Night 109 in Sweden
A little more than a week away, Joaquim Silva has a replacement opponent for his lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night 109.
The recent news that Mairbek Taisumov’s (25-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC) return to action had been delayed by a shoulder injury meant Silva (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) needed a new foe. He now has one in Reza Madadai (14-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC). UFC officials announced the replacement today.
UFC Fight Night 109 takes place May 28, a Sunday, at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Madadi has alternated wins and losses throughout his UFC career, which stretches back five years, but had a two and a half year gap due to legal issues. After a “Submission of the Night” win over Michael Johnson in Stockholm in April 2013, he was out of action till an October 2015 decision loss to Norman Parke.
He bounced back with a TKO win over Yan Cabral in the Netherlands a year ago, but in March dropped a unanimous decision to Joe Duffy in London. Now the Iran-born Stockholm resident will try to get back on track against Silva.
Although the extent of Taisumov’s injured shoulder has yet to be determined, it was serious enough to force the 28-year-old out of the upcoming fight and postpone his octagon return. He has competed just once in the past 23 months, defeating Damir Hadzovic by first-round TKO at UFC Fight Night 86 in April 2016.
Taisumov was scheduled to fight Nik Lentz at UFC 203 in September, but visa issues prevented him from competing. He is currently riding a four-fight winning streak and has finished all of those opponents by knockout.
With the change, the UFC Fight Night 109 includes:
MAIN CARD (FS1, 1 p.m. ET)
- Alexander Gustafsson vs. Glover Teixeira
- Misha Cirkunov vs. Volkan Oezdemir
- Ben Saunders vs. Peter Sobotta
- Omari Akhmedov vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan
- Oliver Enkamp vs. Nordine Taleb
- Jack Hermansson vs. Alex Nicholson
PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 11 a.m. ET )
- Pedro Munhoz vs. Damian Stasiak
- Chris Camozzi vs. Trevor Smith
- Reza Madadi vs. Joaquim Silva
- Nico Musoke vs. Bojan Velickovic
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 9:30 a.m. ET )
- Jessin Ayari vs. Darren Till
- Damir Hadzovic vs. Marcin Held
Publication Date: May 19, 2017, 12:00 pm
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