Undefeated newcomers Joey Gomez, Luke Sanders added to UFC Fight Night 81 as injury replacements

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

There have been a couple of late changes to the UFC Fight Night 81 event in Boston on the 17th, and the night’s lineup has been shifted as a result.

Patrick Williams, reportedly injured, was replaced on the official lineup late last week by undefeated newcomer Joey Gomez in a fight against Rob Font, while Maximo Blanco has finally gotten a new opponent following Dennis Bermudez dropping out last month with a staph infection. That new opponent is another undefeated newcomer to the UFC in RFA Bantamweight Champ Luke Sanders.

The UFC Fight Night 81 event airs live on Fox Sports 1 from the TD Garden on Sunday, Jan. 17, headlined by the UFC Bantamweight Championship bout between T.J. Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz. The new completed lineup for the event is below:

Fox Sports 1 Main Card (10PM ET)

  • T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz – for bantamweight title
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis
  • Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione
  • Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo

Fox Sports 1 Prelims (8PM ET)

  • Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders
  • Mairbek Taisumov vs. Chris Wade
  • Maximo Blanco vs. Luke Sanders
  • Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman

UFC Fight Pass Prelims (6PM ET)

  • Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder
  • Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O’Connell
  • Jimy Hettes vs. Charles Rosa
  • Rob Font vs. Joey Gomez
  • Francimar Barroso vs. Abdul-Kerim Edilov

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