With Evan Dunham ruled out for his upcoming bout with Mark Bocek, Australian lightweight fighter Adrian Pang has put his hand up to fill the place on the card.

Pang, who served as the striking coach on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations, explained to The MMA Corner that whilst the timing may not be the best, he’d still be willing to step up and get his shot at competing in the UFC.

“That’d be a hard one to take on one week’s notice,” Pang admitted. “If the UFC offered it to me with some kind of guarantee that I’d get a contract out of it, then I’d gladly fly over there and fight him.

“The thing is, he’s been training for a fight with Evan Dunham, who is a great fighter. I’ve been building cabinets for the last eight weeks. Sure, I train every day and I keep myself in good shape, but it’s not like I’ve been training for a fight camp.”

“I’m a pretty respectful guy. It seems I hit a bit of a nerve with him though,” Pang continued. “I just find it funny that a couple of months ago a fan tweeted about us fighting and he pretty much said I’m a nobody. Now, he wants to fight me on a week’s notice? Even if they don’t put it on this card, I’d gladly fly over for the next one and give him the fight he wants.”

News of Dunham’s injury withdrawal came earlier today via MMA Junkie. The lightweight fighters were set to meet at the TUF Nations Finale on April 16 at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Although Pang has offered to fight Bocek, there is no word yet on whether the UFC will pursue this fight for the event.

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Staff Writer, Australia

Located in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Neil Rooke has been writing about the sport of MMA since 2011. In the past, Neil has written for Cage Junkies and has written for Fight! Magazine as well as Fist! Fight Magazine. Neil is also a regular contributor to Fight! Magazine Australia and Yahoo! Sports Singapore.