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Two fighter changes to UFC Fight Night card, Markus Perez fight cancelled

It’s turned into chaos on the preliminary card for the first UFC event after Fight Island at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Charlie Ontiveros (blue gloves) walks to the ring prior to his fight with Michael Page (red gloves) at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Photo by Williams Paul/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

UPDATE 2:00 p.m.: Charlie Ontiveros did not weigh in to replace Eric Spicely, and the fight was not approved by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. There will be no fight for Markus Perez.


Three bouts at UFC on ESPN 14 tomorrow night have been forced into last-minute lineup changes, and three fighters that have never been in the UFC before have been added as replacements.

Eric Spicely was forced to cancel his middleweight bout with Markus Perez, and has been replaced by Charlie Ontiveros. Spicely took to social media to explain why he won’t be able to fight, and it seems pretty scary.

Ontiveros is 11-6 in MMA, competing mostly out of the Fury FC promotion. He has six career stoppages, but has also been knocked out six times in his career. “The American Bad Boy” will be making his UFC debut at a 195 lbs. catchweight, with Perez weighing in at 194.5.

Also Timur Valiev won’t be able to make his featherweight fight against Jamall Emmers for undisclosed reasons. UFC newcomer Vince Cachero will be his replacement, a 7-2 career fighter with most of his experience in the Legacy Fighting Alliance. “The Anomaly” scored a second round TKO of Marvin Garcia in his last outing.

Ray Borg has once again pulled out of a fight, this time with Nathan Maness. Borg has missed weight four times, this is his second-straight fight cancellation, and he even had to miss a bout due to an eye injury from Conor McGregor during the infamous bus incident.

He’s been replaced by Johnny Munoz Jr., the King of The Cage champion at 135 lbs. and an undefeated fighter at 10-0 with eight career stoppages. Though when Borg was listed as the opponent this was scheduled to be a bantamweight bout, but now it’s at featherweight and 145 lbs.