Former number one contender Thales Leites has joined the UFC’s 20-year anniversary card as a replacement for the recently reassigned Rafael Natal. Leites will take on former TUF finalist Ed Herman at UFC 167. The change up was announced via Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight.
Leites comes into the bout after his impressive return to the UFC against Tom Watson at UFC 163. The talented Brazilian has won four straight bouts and will be looking to continue his winning ways against Herman.
UFC 167 will be headlined by a UFC welterweight title fight between champion Georges St-Pierre and Johnny Hendricks. The billing will mark the 20th anniversary of UFC 1, which took place November 12 at the since demolished McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado. The UFC 167 lineup is expected to be finalized soon for the UFC’s 2o-year anniversary card.
UFC 167 Fight Card:
- UFC Welterweight Title Fight: Georges St-Pierre (c) vs. Johny Hendricks
- Chael Sonnen vs. Rashad Evans
- Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald
- Josh Koscheck vs. Tyron Woodley
- Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem
- Donald Cerrone vs. Evan Dunham
- Tim Elliot vs. Ali Bagautinov
- Thales Leites vs. Ed Herman
- Sergio Pettis vs. Vaughn Lee
- Erik Perez vs. Edwin Figueroa