As UFC 215 sustains a tough blow, UFC 216 has added a burgeoning star.

Following news that Junior Dos Santos had been flagged by USADA for a potential violation, Francis Ngannou has officially been pulled from UFC 215 after the UFC were unable to find a short-notice replacement to take on the impressive heavyweight less than two weeks out from fight night.

Looking further down the line, however, UFC 216 has added a women’s flyweight bout between Paige VanZant and Jessica Eye for the October 7th event.

VanZant (7-3) has often been showcased by the UFC but is currently 1-2 in her last three bouts having seen a stunning knockout of Bec Rawlings come between losses to Michelle Waterson and Rose Namajunas. VanZant will now move up in weight to the UFC’s newly created flyweight division.

Eye (12-5, 1 NC) meanwhile will drop down a weight class after having gone 1-5 and 1 no contest in her UFC tenure.

UFC 216 is now scheduled to feature:

  • Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee
  • Fabricio Werdum vs. Derrick Lewis
  • Paige VanZant vs. Jessica Eye
  • Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham
  • Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz
  • Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann
  • Pearl Gonzalez vs. Poliana Botelho
  • Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata
  • John Moraga vs. Magomed Bibulatov
  • Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares
  • Matt Schnell vs. Marco Beltran