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Rob Font replaces injured Umar Nurmagomedov against Cory Sandhagen


Each of Rob Font and Cory Sandhagen needed fresh rivals, and they have now discovered one in the other.


In addition to Umar Nurmagomedov pulling out of the main event fight on August 5 in Nashville, Font's initial UFC 292 opponent Song Yadong is unable to compete on August 19 in Boston for an unspecified reason.


Font stepped up when the Aug. 5 event in Nashville needed a new headliner and will fight Sandhagen weeks sooner than he had originally planned to appear. At the agreed-upon weight of 140 pounds, the fight will be conducted.


Font (20-6 MMA, 10-5 UFC) hopes to extend a one-win streak to two games. Font defeated Adrian Yanez by knockout at UFC 287. The victory ended a two-fight losing streak that included decisions against Jose Aldo and Marlon Vera.


After two consecutive unsuccessful title eliminator heartbreaks Sandhagen (16-4 MMA, 9-3 UFC) has won back-to-back fights. Sandhagen has defeated Yadong and Marlon Vera since suffering defeats to T.J. Dillashaw and Petr Yan.

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