UFC officials on Wednesday not only confirmed an earlier MMAWeekly.com report that Derek Brunson had stepped in to face Chris Leben at UFC 155, but they also announced that Max Holloway has agreed to face Leonard Garcia on the Dec. 29 fight card in Las Vegas.
Garcia’s original opponent, Cody McKenzie, dropped off the card with an undisclosed injury, but Holloway wasted no time stepping in for him.
Garcia (15-9-1), despite being considered one of the more exciting fighters on the UFC roster, has to be feeling the pressure to come out of this fight with a victory.
Garcia has lost four of his list five bouts, including entering this fight on a three-fight skid. He has lost consecutive bouts to Chan Sung Jung, Nam Phan and Matt Grice.
Holloway (6-1) is on the opposite end of the spectrum, going 2-1 under the UFC banner, including back-to-back victories heading into the fight with Garcia.
UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos headlines UFC 155, putting his belt on the line against the man he took it from, Cain Velasquez, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas.