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Brian Houston Replaces Antonio Braga Neto to Face Derek Brunson at UFC Fight Night 31


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UFC officials have announced that Antonio Braga Neto is dropping out of his scheduled UFC Fight Night 31 bout due to an injury. The undefeated Brian Houston will be stepping in to replace him, facing Derek Brunson at the November event.

Coincidentally, Houston dropped out of his own previously scheduled bout due to an injury last month. Now it seems he’ll finally get to make his octagon debut. Houston has only been actively competing for a little over a year, but in that time he’s picked up four straight wins, three by knock out.

Brunson meanwhile is heading into his second UFC fight, after a debut win against Chris Leben at UFC 155. The loss rebounded him from back to back losses against UFC vets Kendall Grove and Ronaldo Souza. He is currently 10-2 overall.

UFC Fight Night 31: Fight for the Troops 3 will take place on November 6 at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. It will air live on FOX Sports 1, and will be headlined by a bout between Tim Kennedy and Lyoto Machida.

The current card is as follows:

• Tim Kennedy vs. Lyoto Machida
• Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis
• Ronny Markes vs. Yoel Romero
• Rustam Khabilov vs. Jorge Masvidal
• Michael Chiesa vs. Colton Smith
• Bobby Green vs. James Krause
• Francisco Rivera vs. George Roop
• Dennis Bermudez vs. Steven Siler
• Amanda Nunes vs. Germaine de Randamie
• Chris Camozzi vs. Lorenz Larkin
• Yves Edwards vs. Yancy Medeiros
• Seth Baczynski vs. Neil Magny
• Derek Brunson vs. Brian Houston