An injury to Patrick Williams has opened the door for Joey Gomez to make his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 81.
Gomez takes on Rob Font as part of the early Fight Pass prelims for the January 17 event from Boston. In the main event, T.J. Dillashaw defends his bantamweight belt against Dominick Cruz.
Gomez (6-0) will be trying to hand Font (11-1) his first UFC loss. Font earned a win over George Roop in his debut in 2014.
Below is the current lineup:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET)
UFC Bantamweight Championship
T.J. Dillashaw (c) vs. Dominick Cruz
Lightweight: Anthony Pettis vs. Eddie Alvarez
Heavyweight: Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione
Lightweight: Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders
Lightweight: Mairbek Taisumov vs. Chris Wade
Featherweight: Maximo Blanco vs. TBA
Featherweight: Jimy Hettes vs. Charles Rosa
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6 p.m. ET)
Lightweight: Paul Felder vs. Daron Cruickshank
Middleweight: Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman
Light Heavyweight: Sean O’Connell vs. Ilir Latifi
Bantamweight: Rob Font vs. Joey Gomez
Light Heavyweight: Abdul-Kerim Edilov vs. Francimar Barroso