Bruno Silva has been forced to withdraw from the UFC Vegas card Dec. 17 because of an injury. Albert Duraev will face Michal Oleksiejczuk instead, multiple sources with information told MMA Fighting.
The Dec. 17 event takes place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas and features Jared Cannonier vs. Sean Strickland in a five-round middleweight headliner. Silva will likely be cleared to box in March 2023.
Oleksiejczuk (17-5, 1 no contest) most recently fought in October, knocking out Sam Alvey in under two minutes in his middleweight debut. The Polish talent won three of his past four inside the octagon, including a first-round knockout over Shamil Gamzatov at 205 pounds.
Duraev (15-4) looks to rebound from a doctor stoppage loss to Joaquin Buckley this past June. This setback ended a 10-fight streak dating back to Duraev’s ACB days in 2015.. Duraev finished seven of those 10 opponents, including five submissions.
Damon Martin contributed to this report.