UFC veteran Drew McFedries has been tapped to step in to face Thales Leites at UFC 90 in Chicago. Sources close to the fight confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that the bout has been verbally agreed to.
Leites was left without an opponent when Croatian Goran Reljic had to withdraw from the fight over the weekend due to problems with his back. His manager, Zoran Saric, told MMAWeekly.com, "Reljic will not be able to fight on Oct. 25 at UFC 90. A back problem will force him out of a scheduled bout with Thales Leites. He will be out two to four months, nothing severe."
In steps McFedries, who has been on a roller coaster ride since debuting in the Octagon at UFC 65 with a TKO of Italian fighter Alessio Sakara. He has alternated wins and losses en route to a 3-3 UFC record. McFedries enters the fight with Leites looking for a win, coming off of a disappointing loss to Mike Massenzio at UFC Fight Night 15 in Omaha.
Leites is on a four-fight winning streak, including a controversial split-decision over Nate Marquardt at UFC 85.