An unspecified injury has forced Kelvin Gastelum to withdraw from his scheduled UFC 195 matchup against Kyle Noke.
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials on Tuesday announced Gastelum’s removal from the event. The 24-year-old “Ultimate Fighter” winner was attempting to make a quick turnaround after dropping a five-round decision to Neil Magny in November.
Noke will remain on the card against Alex Morono, who is set to make his Octagon debut on less than two weeks’ notice. The makeshift matchup has been demoted from the pay-per-view portion of the show to the preliminary broadcast; a lightweight bout between Abel Trujillo and Tony Sims will take its place on the main card.
Headlined by a 170-pound title bout between champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Carlos Condit, UFC 195 takes place Jan. 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Noke, 35, will attempt to extend his winning streak to three, a feat the Australian has not accomplished since his initial UFC run in 2010, when he competed as a middleweight. Morono is 10 years the junior of his opponent and rides into the bout on a career-best five-fight streak. “The Great White” is fresh off a Dec. 4 victory in which he captured the Legacy Fighting Championship welterweight title.