Melsik Baghdasaryan has withdrawn from a proposed featherweight clash against Hyder Amil due to injury and will be replaced by Fernie Garcia. Meanwhile, visa issues have removed Albert Duraev from a middleweight showdown against Robert Bryczek. As result, Ihor Potieria will step in on short notice and face Bryczek.
The Las Vegas-based promotion announced the new matchups on Tuesday. UFC Fight Night 236 takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday and is headlined by a middleweight duel pitting Jack Hermansson against Joseph Pyfer. The card streams in its entirety on ESPN+ with prelims beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT followed by the main draw at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
Potieria has lost three of four Octagon appearances since earning a UFC contract on the Contender Series. Most recently, the 27-year-old Ukraine native suffered a second-round TKO loss to Rodolfo Bellato at UFC on ESPN 52 on Dec. 2.
Poland’s Bryczek will take a five-bout winning streak into his Octagon debut. The seven-time Oktagon MMA veteran owns a 17-5 career mark, with 11 of those triumphs coming by way of knockout or technical knockout.