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Gian Villante to Replace Robert Drysdale Against Cody Donovan at UFC 167

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Cody Donovan has been revealed as Robert Drysdale’s replacement in his UFC 167 bout with Gian Villante.

Drysdale dropped out of the match up due to a denied license to fight after testing positive for an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio.

Donovan is currently 1-1 in the UFC, most recently dropping a first round KO loss to Ovince St. Preux in August. He is now 8-3 overall.

Villante meanwhile will be looking for his first UFC win after coincidentally also losing to Ovince St. Preux in April. Villante is now 10-4.

UFC 167 will take place on November 16 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be headlined by a welterweight title fight between champ Georges St-Pierre and challenger Johny Hendricks.

The full card is as follows:

Main Card
• Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks
• Rashad Evans vs. Chael Sonnen
• Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald
• Josh Koscheck vs. Tyron Woodley
• Ali Bagautinov vs. Tim Elliott

Fox Sports 1 Prelims
• Donald Cerrone vs. Evan Dunham
• Ed Herman vs. Thales Leites
• Brian Ebersole vs. Rick Story
• Edwin Figueroa vs. Erik Perez

Online Prelims
• Jason High vs. Anthony Lapsley
• Vaughan Lee vs. Sergio Pettis
• Cody Donovan vs. Gian Villante