The UFC announced today that Jeremy Horn will replace the injured Thales Leites and make his anticipated return to the Octagon to battle Nate Marquardt at UFC 81.
Leites was forced to withdraw from the event due to a broken hand he suffered in training. The American Top Team fighter is slated to undergo surgery as soon as this week.
Horn hasn’t competed in the UFC since 2006 at UFC 60 where he defeated Chael Sonnen.
Here’s a look at the updated UFC 81 fight card:
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Tim Sylvia
Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir
Ricardo Almeida vs. Alan Belcher
Jeremy Horn vs. Nate Marquardt
Tyson Griffin vs. Gleison Tibau
Tomasz Drwal vs. David Heath
Marvin Eastman vs. Terry Martin
Rob Emerson vs. Keita Nakamura