Strikeforce and Bellator veteran Nathan Coy will make his UFC debut on less than two weeks’ notice after agreeing to replace injured teammate Michael Graves.
UFC officials on Monday announced that Coy will meet Englishman Danny Roberts on Dec. 10 as part of UFC Fight Night “Namajunas vs. VanZant” at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Details regarding Graves’ injury were not released.
Coy and Graves are members of American Top Team and both competed on Season 21 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” in which ATT went up against its South Florida rivals, the Blackzilians. Both went 1-1 on the season, but only Graves was picked up by the UFC after the reality show ended.
Coy, 37, had a three-fight stint in Bellator in which he outpointed Paul Bradley and Andy Uhrich before suffering an April 2014 knockout against Adam McDonough in his most recent professional bout. Former boxer Roberts, 28, will enter his UFC debut on a five-fight winning streak which includes two knockouts and two submissions.