Russell Doane steps in as second replacement for Mirsad Bektic at UFC 204

Mirsad Bektic finally has an opponent for his upcoming bout at UFC 204 this weekend.

The rising featherweight contender was originally expected to meet Arnold Allen on October 8 but Allen was forced off the card due to an injury. A week later, he was replaced by Jeremy Kennedy who injured himself the same day he accepted the bout, leaving Bektic without an opponent. A report released by MMAjunkie on Tuesday morning has confirmed that Russell Doane has accepted the fight on five days’ notice.

Doane (14-6) is currently on a three-fight loss streak after having dropped decisions to Iuri Alcantara and Jerrod Sanders as well as a submission to Pedro Munhoz. The 30-year old Hawaiian signed with the UFC in 2014 and is now 2-3 in the promotion.

Bektic (10-0), meanwhile, has yet to lose in his professional career and has won all three of his UFC bouts, the most recent being a second-round TKO of Lucas Martins at UFC Fight Night 67.

UFC 204 will take place at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England and will be headlined by the rematch between Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson for the middleweight title. Also on the card is bout between #5 ranked Vitor Belfort and #9 ranked Gegard Mousasi.

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Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.

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