by MMAWeekly.com Staff
The changes to UFC 85 seem to be coming at a breakneck pace. Late Wednesday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the latest alteration to its return to the O2 Arena in London, its second of the day. Ryo Chonan, due to an injured rib, has withdrawn from a scheduled bout with Roan Carneiro.
With a mere week-and-a-half left to the June 7 event, Midwest fighter Kevin Burns quickly stepped in to take Chonan’s place. Amassing a 4-1 record as a professional fighter, Burns has never gone the distance in a professional bout, finishing three of his four victories by submission.
Carneiro was looking forward to rematching Chonan and avenging a loss to the Japanese fighter from more than three years ago. Instead, he will face the UFC newcomer. With nearly 20 professional bouts to his credit, the American Top Team fighter holds a distinct experience advantage over Burns. This will also be Carneiro’s fourth bout in the Octagon – having gone 2-1 with the loss being to No. 1 welterweight contender Jon Fitch – and will hold that advantage as well.
UFC 85 Main Card Bouts*:
-Matt Hughes vs. Thiago Alves
-Michael Bisping vs. Jason Day
-Marcus Davis vs. Mike Swick
-Nate Marquardt vs. Thales Leites
-Fabricio Werdum vs. Brandon Vera
UFC 85 Preliminary Bouts:
-Martin Kampmann vs. Jorge Rivera
-Thiago Tavares vs. Matt Wiman
-Keith Burns vs. Roan Carneiro
-Luiz Cane vs. Jason Lambert
-Jess Liaudin vs. Paul Taylor
-Eddie Sanchez vs. Antoni Hardonk
*According to UFC.com. Fight card subject to change.