Antonio Carlos Jr. and Elias Theodorou are going to square off at a later date than originally anticipated.
The middleweight clash has been moved from UFC Fight Night 137 in Sao Paulo on Sept. 22 to UFC 231 in Toronto on Dec. 8. Theodorou confirmed the change on social media following multiple reports. The move was necessary because Carlos Jr. recently suffered an injury and was forced to withdraw from UFC Fight Night 137.
Carlos Jr. has won five fights in a row in the Las Vegas-based promotion. The 28-year-old Brazilian last appeared at UFC on Fox 29, where he submitted Tim Boetsch 4:28 into the opening stanza. “Cara de Sapato” was supposed to face Derek Brunson at UFC 227 before Brunson had to pull out of the bout.
Theodorou, 30, will now get to fight in his home country. “The Spartan” has won four of his last five Octagon appearances, including a three-round verdict over Trevor Smith at UFC Fight Night 130 on May 27.