A bantamweight bout between Vaughan Lee and Nam Phan has been promoted to the main card of next weekend’s TUF China Finale, as one of the competitors in the featherweight tournament final withdrew due to injury.
MMAJunkie.com first reported the news and UFC officials later confirmed.
Yang Jianping (6-3-1) and Ning Guangyou (3-2-1) made their way to the TUF China finals and officials confirmed that the bout will be re-booked for a future Asian UFC event.
Lee (13-9-1) has been on a roller coaster ride throughout his UFC career. He lost his debut against Chris Cariaso back in 2011 and then went on to win his next outing against Norifumi Yamamoto by armbar. Most recently Lee was finished by Rafael Assuncao at UFC on FUEL TV 10 last June.
Phan (18-12) is riding a two-fight losing skid, with losses to Dennis Siver (UFC on FOX 5) and most recently Takeya Mizugaki (UFC Fight Night 33). The fight against Mizugaki was Phan’s UFC bantamweight debut.
The TUF China Finale goes down on March 1 from The Venetian Macao’s CotaiArena in Macau and will stream exclusively on UFC Fight Pass. Headlining the fight card will be a welterweight showdown between Dong Hyun Kim and John Hathaway.