Justin Buchholz will be stepping in to replace the injured Ronnys Torres at UFC Fight Night 19 on September 16. His opponent will be fellow young gun, and UFC Fight Night staple, Jeremy Stephens. This marks the second time that Torres has been forced to withdraw from his anticipated UFC debut due to injury. The lineup change was first reported by MMAJunkie earlier today.
Buchholz will look to even up his UFC record after going 1-2 in his three fights so far for the promotion. In his last outing Buchholz suffered a loss at the hands of Terry Etim via second round D’arce Choke. Prior to the loss to Etim, he had defeated former “The Ultimate Fighter” contestant Corey Hill with a second round submission of his own.
Stephens will be looking to stave off his third consecutive loss in the bout, after losing to Joe Lauzon and Gleison Tibau, respectively. Stephens stepped in on short notice against Lauzon at UFN 17 where he eventually fell victim to a second round arm bar. He then went on to face Gleison Tibau, who was a late replacement for Efrain Escudero at UFN 18, where he suffered a unanimous decision defeat.
For more information on the upcoming event card, check out our UFC Fight Night 19 Rumors page.
Pictured: Justin Buchholz