Dave Herman will still be making his debut at UFC 131, but he’ll now face Joey Beltran in a heavyweight match-up on the June card.
UFC officials announced the new match-up that has been verbally agreed to by both fighters on Thursday.
Originally, Herman was set to face veteran British fighter Rob Broughton, but he has now been removed from the bout and Beltran steps up in his place. There’s been no word as to what happened with Broughton, whether it was just a change or if the British fighter suffered some sort of injury.
Beltran returns to action after a slugfest with former K-1 fighter Pat Barry at UFC Fight for the Troops 2 in January.
Meanwhile, Herman makes his UFC debut after spending time in several different organizations over the years including Elite XC and Sengoku.
The heavyweight bout will be part of the UFC 131 card headlined by former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar against Junior Dos Santos with a title shot on the line.