UFC Fight Night 56’s main event has seen a change. Jimi Manuwa, who was originally slated to meet Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (22-9) in Uberlandia, Brazil, on Nov. 8, is out of the scrap with a broken foot. He has been replaced by Ovince St. Preux (16-6), who takes on a new opponent on less than two weeks notice.
UFC president Dana White announced the news on Twitter.
St. Preux headlined his first UFC card in August, but fell short to Ryan Bader. “OSP” lost a unanimous decision and was repeatedly taken down by the All-American wrestler. He was expected to meet Rafael Cavalcante on the UFC Fight Night 56 card, but “Feijao” withdrew and was replaced by Francimar Barroso. The former Tennessee Volunteers linebacker was yanked from that matchup to meet Rua.
Rua, 32, has gone through a rough patch in his career. The former UFC light heavyweight champ has lost 5 of his last 8. His lone win in his last 4 was a knockout of James Te Huna. The native Brazilian will look to right his ship when he takes centerstage on Nov. 8.
OSP’s opponent, Barroso, will be available as a backup in case someone else suffers a last minute injury. Ian McCall and John Lineker’s flyweight battle has now been shifted up to serve as the co-main event.