MMAJunkie.com has reported that, some 24 hours after it was announced that Evan Dunham had been forced out of his scheduled UFC 132 bout against Georges Sotiropoulos, Rafael dos Anjos has been named as his replacement.
Dunham has not appeared in action since losing via TKO to Melvin Guillard this past January at UFC: Fight For the Troops 2.
After starting his UFC career on a two-fight skid, dos Anjos took out Rob Emerson, Kyle Bradley and Terry Etim consecutively to keep his spot in the promotion. The Brazilian lightweight most recently appeared in action against Clay Guida in a barn burner of a fight which ended in the third round when dos Anjos succumbed to the pain of a broken jaw he suffered in the first frame. dos Anjos sports a record of 14-5, with seven of those wins coming by way of submission, six by decision and one via TKO.
He has not appeared in action since his loss to Guida — which came at UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen last August — due to the broken jaw he suffered.
Having established himself as a contender in the lightweight division by putting together a seven-fight winning streak, Sotiropoulos was upset in his most recent outing by German striker-first Dennis Siver. Siver defeated Sotiropoulos via unanimous decision in front of a hometown crowd at UFC 127 this past February, snapping the Australian’s long unbeaten streak.
UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber 2 is scheduled to go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada this July 2nd.