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UFC 233: Alexander Hernandez replaces Islam Makhachev

An injury to Islam Makhachev means that Brazilian Francisco Trinaldo (23-6-0) will face Alexander Hernandez (10-1-0) instead at UFC 233, according to a report from

The UFC has not yet officially confirmed the replacement.

Trinaldo, 40, is coming off an impressive TKO of Evan Dunham at UFC Fight Night 137 in September.

Hernandez, 26, is currently enjoying an eight fight win streak going. He decisioned Olivier Aubin-Mercier at UFC on FOX 30 in July.

UFC 233 is scheduled for Jan. 26 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Tentative bouts include:

Henry Cejudo (13-2-0) vs. T.J. Dillashaw (16-3-0)

Paul Felder (15-4-0) vs. James Vick (13-2-0)

Joanne Calderwood (12-3-0) vs. Ariane Lipski (11-3-0)

Ben Askren (18-0-0, 1NC) vs. Robbie Lawler (28-12-0, 1NC)

Yana Kunitskaya (11-4-0) vs. Marion Reneau (9-4-1)


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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