UFC Fight Night 193 is down a man.
Two people with knowledge of the situation recently confirmed the change to MMA Junkie but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement.
Hernandez (12-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) is expected to remain on the card against a new opponent, who will be announced in the coming days. The reason for Santos’ withdrawal is not known, though Brazilian fighter hinted in a recent Instagram post that the fight may be delayed due to “personal reasons.”
The fight cancellation is the sixth in the UFC for Santos (18-4 MMA, 7-1-1 UFC), who has only fought nine times over the span of his eight-year promotional tenure. The 41-year-old Jose Aldo sparring partner is coming off the first loss of his promotional tenure – a knockout defeat to Grant Dawson in March.
As for Hernandez, the 28-year-old has had ups and downs in recent fights. Following his eye-catching knockout of Beneil Dariush in his promotional debut, Hernandez has gone 3-3 while alternating wins and losses.
With the change, the UFC Fight Night 193 lineup includes:
Thiago Santos vs. Johnny Walker
Antonina Shevchenko vs. Casey O’Neill
Bethe Correia vs. Karol Rosa
Jared Gordon vs. Joe Solecki
Grant Dawson vs. opponent TBA
Sean Soriano vs. opponent TBA
Gaetano Pirrello vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade
Kyle Daukaus vs. Kevin Holland
Jamie Mullarkey vs. Devonte Smith
Macy Chiasson vs. Aspen Ladd
Johnny Eduardo vs. Alejandro Perez
Alexander Hernandez vs. opponent TBA
Misha Cirkunov vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Alex Oliveira vs. Niko Price
Stephanie Egger vs. Shanna Young
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