Bryce Mitchell steps into UFC 296 vs. Josh Emmett on short notice

Bryce Mitchell is stepping in short notice.

With Giga Chikadze out due to a groin injury, Mitchell (16-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) inserts into the lineup opposite Josh Emmett (18-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) in a featherweight contender prelim. The fight takes place as part of UFC 296 on Dec. 16 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The promotion announced the change Wednesday.

Mitchell, 29, bounced back from a submission loss to Ilia Topuria when he defeated Dan Ige by unanimous decision in September.

Emmett, 38, looks to snap a two-fight losing skid. He most recently competed in June in a lopsided unanimous decision outing to Topuria. Prior to that, Emmett lost an interim title bout against Yair Rodriguez by submission.

With the change, the UFC 296 lineup includes:

  • Champ Leon Edwards vs. Colby Covington – for welterweight title

  • Alexandre Pantoja vs. Brandon Royval

  • Tony Ferguson vs. Paddy Pimblett

  • Ian Machado Garry vs. Vicente Luque

  • Shavkat Rakhmonov vs. Stephen Thompson

  • Josh Emmett vs. Bryce Mitchell

  • Irene Aldana vs. Karol Rosa

  • Cody Garbrandt vs. Brian Kelleher

  • Ariane Lipski vs. Casey O’Neill

  • Dustin Jacoby vs. Alonzo Menifield

  • Martin Buday vs. Shamil Gaziev

  • Cody Durden vs. Tagir Ulanbekov

  • Randy Brown vs. Muslim Salikhov

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC 296.

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