MMA Odds and Ends for Thursday: John Howard seeks new opponent for WSOF 31 after Thiago Meller pulls out due to injury

John Howard seeks new opponent after Thiago Meller injured for WSOF 31 MMAJunkie reported Wednesday that Thiago Meller (20-7) has been forced to withdraw from his bout with UFC veteran John Howard due to injury. WSOF 31 takes place June 17 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. Here’s an updated look at the card. MAIN CARD (NBCSN, 9 pm ET) Blagoi Ivanov (c) vs. Josh Copeland – for heavyweight title Jason High vs. Mike Ricci John Howard vs. TBA Sheymon Moraes vs. Luis Palomino Phil Hawes vs. Joshua Key PRELIMINARY CARD Lorenzo Hood vs. Tyler King Juliano Coutinho vs. Justin Willis Tom Marcellino vs. Devin Powell Robert Fonseca vs. Sean Lally Saul Almeida vs. Bruce Boyington Rodrigo Almeida vs. Ben Pierre-Saint Christian Torres vs. Sam Watford   Report: Belal Muhammad steps in for Nordine Taleb vs. Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night 90 According to a post on his Instagram, newly signed UFC welterweight Belal Muhammad says he’s taking on Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night 90.

  Muhammad (9-0) is coming off a stoppage victory over Steve Carl at Titan FC 38, where he won the promotions welterweight title. UFC Fight Night 90 takes place July 7 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. Here’s an updated look at the card. Rafael dos Anjos (c) vs. Eddie Alvarez – for lightweight title Derrick Lewis vs. Roy Nelson Alan Jouban vs. Belal Muhammad Mitch Clarke vs. Joseph Duffy Alberto Mina vs. Mike Pyle Mehdi Baghdad vs. John Makdessi Anthony Birchak vs. Dileno Lopes Gilbert Burns vs. Lukasz Sajewski Marco Beltran vs. Reginaldo Vieira Alvaro Herrera vs. Vicente Luque Russell Doane vs. Pedro Munhoz Felipe Arantes vs. Jerrod Sanders

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