On Tuesday afternoon, the UFC announced it had found a replacement for the injured Gian Villante, who pulled out his scheduled fight at UFC 181 with Corey Anderson due to injury.

In his place steps undefeated prospect Jonathan Wilson (6-0), who was last seen walking away with a first-round knockout victory over Daniel Ynojos just 50 seconds into their matchup at Gladiator Challenge – Be Ready in August. Prior to this win, fans saw the man known as ‘Johnny Bravo’ earn a decision victory over Alex Pulotu, marking the first non-knockout victory of Wilson’s professional career.

Anderson (4-0), winner of season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter, was last seen earning a quick first round knockout off TUF teammate Matt Van Buren just 61 seconds into the bout at the The Ultiamte Fighter 19 Finale in July. As a two-time college wrestling All-American, the man known as ‘Beastin 25/8′ was widely considered one of the more promising prospects in the 205-pounds division even before being selected first overall by Frankie Edgar on the show. He cemented his status as one the stronger fighters in the house with three straight decision victories before knocking out Van Buren in the tournament finale.

UFC 181 is scheduled to take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6. A welterweight title fight between champion Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler will serve as the night’s main event. A lightweight title fight between champion Anthony Pettis and former Strikeforce welterweight champion Gilbert Melendez will take place in the co-main event.

Here’s how the rest of the card is shaping up:

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