An injury has forced former Ultimate Fighter competitor George Sotiropoulos out of UFC 144 in Japan. Eiji Mitsuoka steps in to take his place to face Takanori Gomi.
Sources close to the fight confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com on Friday with bout agreements issued for the February contest.
Eiji Mitsuoka will make his UFC debut on just a month’s notice, where he will fight at home in Japan against former Pride champion Takanori Gomi.
A former Sengoku and Dream fighter, Mitsuoka has won his last two fights and will look to make it three in a row by defeating Gomi.
UFC 144 takes place at Saitama Super Arena on Feb. 26.