Howard’s manager Linda Shields confirmed that Daniel Roberts will be stepping in as a replacement for the injured Anthony Johnson.
The fight is scheduled to take place for the UFC’s first broadcast on the Versus network, dubbed "UFC on Versus 1," on March 21.
I apologize to the fans,ufc,and john howard for having to pull out of the fight because of a knee injury. It's a fight that I really was looking forward to. Howard keep training hard we are still gonna get down no matter what
Roberts will be making his UFC debut and boasts a career record of (9-0) with the majority of those wins coming via submission. He last fought and defeated UFC veteran Anthony Macias and forced Macias to submit due to punches. Howard is undefeated in the UFC with going (3-0) inside the promotion. The fight will take place on the UFC On Versus 1 card in March.