Kai Kamaka III will replace the injured Doo Ho Choi and meet Danny Chavez at UFC on ESPN 28.
Both Kamaka and Chavez confirmed the bantamweight booking on social media following an initial report from MMA Island. UFC on ESPN 28 takes place on July 31 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and is headlined by a middleweight showdown between Uriah Hall and Sean Strickland.
A former Bellator MMA and Legacy Fighting Alliance competitor, Kamaka is 1-2 during his tenure with the Las Vegas-based promotion. After outpointing Tony Kelley in his Octagon debut at UFC 252, “The Fighting Hawaiian” has dropped back-to-back fights against Jonathan Pearce and T.J. Brown in UFC competition.
Chavez had a four-bout winning streak snapped in his last outing, when he fell to Jared Gordon via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 185 on Feb. 20. The 34-year-old MMA Masters product outpointed Brown in his first promotional foray at UFC 252.