Don Madge gets new opponent at UFC 242
Original opponent Magomed Mustafaev pulled out for reasons that remain undisclosed. However MMA Junkie reports that a French replacement has been found for Madge.
Ziam (10-2) comes from a kickboxing background and will be making his UFC debut. Madge (8-3-1) made his name as a Muay Thai fighter so matchmakers are presumably hoping for a striking battle, although both men have multiple submission wins on their records.
The bout between Khalid Taha and Bruno Gustavo Aparecido Da Silva has also been removed from the card. The two bantamweights will face off at UFC 243 instead.
The event will take place at Du Arena and, as previously announced, will be headlined by a lightweight unification bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier.
There is a strong Russian presence on the card with Shamil Abdurakhimov, Muslim Salikhov, Islam Makhachev and Mairbek Taisumov all fighting as well as Nurmagomedov. The only Asian representative is Japanese welterweight Takashi Sato.