July's UFC 149 event has a fairly significant change: Siyar Bahadurzada (21-4-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has replaced injured Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-5 MMA, 1-4 UFC) and now meets Thiago Alves (19-9 MMA, 11-6 UFC).
Officials from the UFC's Brazilian office today announced the change.
UFC 149 takes place July 21 at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo headlines in a five-round title fight with challenger Erik Koch.
UFC 149's main card, including Bahadurzada vs. Alves, airs on pay-per-view. FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims.
The nature of Akiyama's injury wasn't disclosed.
Alves was less than a minute away from topping Martin Kampmann in a UFC on FX 2 headliner back in March. But Alves shot for a late takedown and ultimately tapped out to a guillotine choke in a crushing defeat. The American Top Team fighter earned a title shot with after a 9-1 run in the UFC, but he's just 2-4 since then. The skid began with the title loss to champ Georges St-Pierre in 2009.
Bahadurzada, meanwhile, made an impressive promotional debut at UFC on FUEL TV 2, where he knocked out another Brazilian, Paulo Thiago, in just 42 seconds. The "Knockout of the Night" performance marked the former Shooto champion's seventh straight win. It also marked his 17th stoppage (and 11th knockout) in 21 career victories.
The full UFC 149 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
Champ Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch (for featherweight title)
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Thiago Silva
Cheick Kongo vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Thiago Alves vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch
Mitch Clarke vs. Anton Kuivanen
Court McGee vs. Nick Ring
Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon
Antonio Carvalho vs. George Roop
Ryan Jimmo vs. Anthony Perosh