Dwight Grant steps in vs. Chance Rencountre to finalize UFC on ESPN+ 1 lineup

Dwight Grant will be fighting on just six days’ notice when he steps into the octagon against Chance Rencountre on Saturday at UFC on ESPN+ 1.

Grant (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will fill in for Randy Brown, who was pulled from the card for still unknown reasons, against Rencountre (12-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a welterweight bout at the first UFC event of the year.

MMAjunkie verified Grant as the replacement opponent for Rencounter with a person close to the situation following an initial report from ESPN.com. The person requested anonymity because the UFC has yet to make an official announcement.

UFC on ESPN+ 1 takes place Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The main card steams on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.

Grant, who fights out of New York, will attempt to register his first UFC victory at the event. After getting into the organization through Dana White’s Contender Series, Grant fell short in his octagon debut when he lost a split decision to Zak Ottow at UFC on FOX 31 in December.

Rencountre took a four-fight winning streak into his UFC debut this past June, but dropped a unanimous decision to Belal Muhammad.

The UFC on ESPN+ 1 card includes:

MAIN CARD (ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Henry Cejudo vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for flyweight title
  • Allen Crowder vs. Greg Hardy
  • Gregor Gillespie vs. Yancy Medeiros
  • Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz
  • Rachael Ostovich vs. Paige VanZant
  • Karl Roberson vs. Glover Teixeira


  • Donald Cerrone vs. Alexander Hernandez
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Ariane Lipski
  • Alonzo Menifield vs. Vinicius Moreira
  • Mario Bautista vs. Cory Sandhagen


  • Dennis Bermudez vs. Te Edwards
  • Belal Muhammad vs. Geoff Neal
  • Dwight Grant vs. Chance Rencountre

For more on UFC on ESPN+ 1, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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