The UFC didn’t have much time to find a replacement when Mark Munoz fell off the UFC on Fox 2 fight card on Tuesday, but they scrambled, quickly re-shuffling the deck.
Munoz was supposed to face Chael Sonnen in the second fight of a triple-header on Fox, but when he dropped out, Michael Bisping was pulled from his fight with Demian Maia to face Sonnen. The two fastest mouths in MMA, Sonnen and Bisping, will now square off with a shot at UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
That left Maia dangling in the wind.
He was left hanging for long, however, as UFC president Dana White tweeted late Tuesday afternoon that undefeated Chris Weidman agreed to step up a week and a half out from the fight to face the Brazilian submission master.
The UFC did ask Rousimar Palhares, who is coming off of an impressive finish of Mike Massenzio at UFC 142 Rio over the weekend, if he wanted to fight Maia, but he told White that he was “banged up and can’t do it.”
Weidman (7-0) enters the fight with three consecutive victories during his UFC tenure. He recently choked Tom Lawlor unconscious at UFC 139.
The UFC on Fox 2 fight card now features Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis, Chael Sonnen vs. Michael Bisping, and Demian Maia vs. Chris Weidman on the Fox telecast.