Previously reported visa issues will prevent Mostapha Al Turk from fighting Rolles Gracie this Saturday at UFC 109, but Joey Beltran has been tapped to fight the fellow newcomer Gracie at the February 6 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas.
The Ultimate Fighter 10 castmember Jon Madsen was also under consideration for the bout, but the UFC withdrew the offer earlier today, according to Around the Octagon.
Beltran (10-3) has won 6 of his last 7 bouts, including a second-round knockout of UFC veteran Houston Alexander is mid-January that apparently earned him a UFC contract.
Gracie (3-0) remained undefeated with a first-round submission of Peter Graham in September in his most-recent bout, his third-straight first-round submission victory to start his MMA career, which began in 2007.
“UFC 109: Relentless” is headlined by a matchup between UFC hall of famers Randy Couture and Mark Coleman and also features Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen, Mike Swick vs. Paulo Thiago, Demian Maia vs. Dan Miller, and Matt Serra vs. Frank Trigg.
Pictured: Rolles Gracie