The injury bug strikes early in 2016.

On Tuesday night, the UFC revealed a wrist injury had forced UFC welterweight Kelvin Gastelum out his scheduled fight against Kyle Noke at UFC 195. As a result of the injury, Noke will now face promotional newcomer Alex Morono.

For Gastelum (11-2), the winner of the The Ultimate Fighter 17 tournament, he was expecting a quick turnaround as he was last seen dropping a close split decision to Neil Magny at the TUF: Latin America 2 Finale in November.

Prior to this setback, the Arizona native defeated longtime UFC veteran and former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt at UFC 188. He will enter this contest with eight career stoppage wins and a UFC record of 6-2.

Noke (22-7-1), a veteran from season 11 of TUF, will be looking to pick up his third straight win inside the Octagon. In his most recent contest, the Australian earned a violent TKO victory over Peter Sobotta in front of his of hometown crowd at UFC 193 in November. This marked his eighth straight TKO victory and first since 2012.

Morono (11-3) will looking to extend his five fight win streak with his most recent being a first round submission over Derrick Krantz earlier this month. “The Great White” currently holds nine stoppage wins, including five by way of submission.

A lightweight bout between Abel Trujillo and Tony Sims was also added to the card.

UFC 195 takes place Jan. 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit is expected to serve as the main event.

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