A nasty jaw injury to Alan Patrick has opened the door for Diego Ferreira.
The Brazilian will make his return to the Octagon at UFC 179, replacing Patrick and taking on Beneil Dariush in the pay-per-view opener. The card is set for October 25 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Maracanazinho Gymnasium.
Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes meet for the UFC featherweight title in the main event, while light heavyweight contenders Glover Teixeira and Phil Davis collide in the co-main.
Ferreira (11-0) has won both of his Octagon fights, defeating Colton Smith and Ramsey Nijem. Ironically enough, Dariush’s UFC loss came to Nijem.
Dariush (8-1) is 2-1 in three appearances with the promotion, including seven stoppage victories.
Check out the complete lineup below:
MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)
UFC Featherweight Championship
Jose Aldo (c) vs. Chad Mendes
Light Heavyweight: Phil Davis vs. Glover Teixeira
Light Heavyweight: Fabio Maldonado vs. Hans Stringer
Featherweight: Darren Elkins vs. Lucas Martins
Lightweight: Beneil Dariush vs. Diego Ferreira
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Neil Magny vs. William Macario
Lightweight: Yan Cabral vs. Naoyuki Kotani
Flyweight: Scott Jorgensen vs. Wilson Reis
Featherweight: Felipe Arantes vs. Andre Fili
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)
Lightweight: Gilbert Burns vs. Christos Giagos
Lightweight: Fabricio Camoes vs. Tony Martin