With only three weeks to prepare, Colby Covington (7-0) will step in for an injured Sean Spencer to face Mike Pyle (26-10-1) at UFC 187. The welterweight bout between the prospect and the veteran will take place on May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be shown on the UFC Fight Pass prelims.
Saturday morning, Covington posted on his Instagram that his fight with Pyle was official.
Pyle last fought in August at UFC Fight Night 49 in Tulsa, losing in sixty-two seconds to Jordan Mein via TKO. “Quicksand” is 1-2 in his last three, but is victorious in five of his last seven. The 39-year-old Syndicate MMA fighter is 9-5 since entering the UFC in 2009. Pyle has also fought under the Affliction, Strikeforce, Elite XC, IFL, and WEC banners in his 37-fight career.
Covington remained undefeated in his young professional MMA career in November following a third-round Rear Naked Choke over Wagner Silva at UFC Fight Night 56 in Brazil. “Chaos” made his promotional debut in the fight before, submitting Wang Anying with strikes. Both of his fights in the UFC were in hostile territory and though his next fight will be on short notice, the 27-year-old American Top Team up and comer will at least have the privilege of staying within the country this time around. Covington is known for being Jon Jones’ roommate back at Iowa Central Community College.
UFC 187 will now be headlined by Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson for the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. In the co-main event, Chris Weidman will defend his UFC Middleweight Championship against Vitor Belfort.