MONTREAL » Former minor-league hockey enforcer Steve Bosse will make his UFC debut in the co-main event of UFC 186 in Montreal.
Bosse (10-1) will fight Fabio Maldonado, replacing former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson on the April 25 card at the Bell Centre.
The UFC removed Jackson after a New Jersey judge issued an injunction prompted by a legal challenge from rival promoter Bellator, which argued Jackson was breaking his contract in re-signing with the UFC.
Maldonado (22-7) is ranked 13th among 205-pound contenders by the UFC.
The 33-year-old Bosse was an enforcer in Quebec’s Ligue Nord-Americaine de Hockey. He was supposed to make his UFC debut last April but pulled out because of a shoulder injury.
The main event features a flyweight title bout between champion Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi.