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.
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.