Chris Beal (left) is 9-0 as a pro. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Injuries to Ian Entwistle and Rob Font have reshuffled the UFC Fight Night “Mousasi vs. Jacare 2” lineup.
Dustin Kimura, who was slated to face Entwistle, and Chris Beal, who was initially paired with Font, have verbally agreed to face each other in a bantamweight scrap on the Sept. 5 card. The UFC announced the change on Friday.
UFC Fight Night “Mousasi vs. Jacare 2” takes place at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Conn., and is headlined by a middleweight bout between Gegard Mousasi and Ronaldo Souza. The card, which goes head-to-head with Bellator 123 that same night, also includes a heavyweight clash pitting Alistair Overeem against Ben Rothwell.
Kimura, 25, is 2-2 during his Octagon tenure. The Hawaiian last appeared at “The Ultimate Fighter: Nations” finale in April, where he dropped a unanimous decision to George Roop. Eight of his 11 career triumphs have come by way of submission.
Beal, meanwhile, is unbeaten in nine professional outings. The 29-year-old Knuckleheadz Boxing representative made his promotional debut at UFC 172, knocking out Patrick Williams with a flying knee 1:51 into the second round.