Yan Cabral will face Zak Cummings on May 10. | Taro Irei/Sherdog.com
A new welterweight matchup has been booked for UFC Fight Night 41, as Yan Cabral will take on Zak Cummings at the May 10 event.
Cabral was initially expected to face Alexander Yakovlev, but the Russian was reportedly pulled from the matchup in order to fill in for an injured Mike Pierce against Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night “Dos Santos vs. Miocic.” MMAJunkie.com first reported Pierce’s injury, though the UFC has not yet made an announcement regarding Yakovlev filling in against Maia.
UFC Fight Night 41 takes place at U.S. Bank Arena and is headlined by a welterweight collision between hard-hitting veteran Matt Brown and ex-Jungle Fight champion Erick Silva. The Fox Sports 1-broadcast event will also see Lorenz Larkin face Costa Philippou at middleweight, while Eric Koch meets Daron Cruickshank at 155 pounds.
Unbeaten in 11 pro appearances, Cabral made a successful Octagon debut last October, outpointing David Mitchell at UFC Fight Night 29. Prior to that victory, the Brazilian had not competed in more than two years, with his most recent victory coming in September 2011 over longtime Pride Fighting Championships standout Kazushi Sakuraba.
After competing for most of his career at middleweight and light heavyweight, Cummings made a successful welterweight debut last August, when he choked out Ben Alloway at UFC Fight Night 27. Cummings was then scheduled to meet Alberto Mina last month at UFC Fight Night 37, but the American came in eight pounds heavy, resulting in the bout’s cancellation.