Terry Etim has been forced out of his UFC 118 bout with fellow lightweight Joe Lauzon, but Gabe Reudiger has announced that he will replace Etim and face Lauzon on the Spike-televised prelims at the August 28 event in Boston.
Both Lauzon and Reudiger were cast members on The Ultimate Fighter 5 in 2007, with Lauzon advancing to the 155-pound tournament semifinals while Reudiger was famously kicked off the show by UFC President Dana White for failing to make weight.
Reudiger (17-5) lost his lone UFC bout via second-round TKO to Melvin Guillard at UFC 63, but has gone 7-2 since appearing on TUF, including a first-round TKO of Lenny Lovato last month to win the Tachi Palace Fights lightweight title with his sixth-straight win.
Lauzon (18-5) won five of his first six UFC bouts, but is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Sam Stout in January as he returned from knee surgery.
Pictured: Gabe Ruediger