After TUF Nations finalist Sheldon Westcott was forced to withdraw from his bout with Alberto Mina, the UFC have now brought in Pancrase middleweight titleholder Shinsho Anzai for the Macau card, per Bloody Elbow.
Losing to Elias Theodorou in the TUF finale, Westcott was expected to make his first appearance since the show, but suffered an injury whilst training for the bout in Thailand. Westcott defeated the likes of Vik Crujic and Daniel Kelly to make it to the final stage, and holds a professional record of 8-2-1.
Instead, highly touted Alberto Mina will face a late notice opponent in the form of Shinsho Anzai, who is well-known in Asia for his knockout power. Mina is 10-0 and was set to make his UFC debut in March, and was scheduled to face Zak Cummings in the last UFC appearance in Macau, though Cummings came in 8lbs overweight, forcing the cancellation of the bout.
Mina has finished all ten of his wins via knockout or submission, eight of which have come inside the first round.
In an interview with Bloody Elbow, the Brazilian explained his contract dispute with Bellator which led to a two-year hiatus from the sport. Mina has fought just once since 2011, knocking out Glenn Sparv in December which led to his UFC call-up. Bellator have been known for their difficult contract agreements, and this emphasises just that.
The Brazil-born welterweight will finally make his UFC debut later this month, and will do so against a Pancrase champion. Anzai has an impressive 8-1 record, with six of his wins ending via TKO. In his last outing, ‘Animal’ defeated Ryo Kawamura in June, winning the middleweight strap in the process. His only loss came by way of split decision, and he will be a stern test for the undefeated Mina.
UFC Fight Night 48 is headlined by a clash between Cung Le and Michael Bisping on August 23 at Cotai Arena in Macau, China.