Ultimate Fighting Championship has made an alteration to next month’s UFC Fight Night card in Zagreb, Croatia.
UFC’s French division on Monday announced that heavyweight Francis Ngannou -- who was scheduled to meet Bojan Mihajlovic at the April 10 event -- will instead face unbeaten prospect Curtis Blaydes in a three-round tilt. The reason for Mihajlovic’s withdrawal from the bout was not specified.
Ngannou made waves in December with a highlight-reel knockout of Luis Henrique Barbosa de Oliveira in his Octagon debut. The heavy-handed Frenchman has recorded finishes in all six victories on his ledger, with three stoppages and three submissions.
A former junior college wrestling standout, Blaydes joins the UFC after less than two years as a professional mixed martial artist. “Razor” comes fresh off a Feb. 16 knockout of Luis Cortez under the banner of Resurrection Fighting Alliance.