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UFC Fight Night 81 Sees Change To Prelim Bout

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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