Mirsad Bektic will remain on Saturday’s UFC 204 card in Manchester, England as the UFC has announced that Russell Doane is stepping up on five days notice to meet Bektic.
The fight change was announced by the UFC on Tuesday.
UFC 204 will come from the Manchester Arena on Saturday and will be headlined by a rematch as Michael Bisping defends the UFC middleweight title against Dan Henderson.
Doane (14-6) enters this fight following three straight defeats and his most recent defeat came in July at UFC Fight Night 90 against Pedro Munhoz. Bektic (10-0) made his UFC debut in 2014 and this will be his first fight since defeating Lucas Martins last year at UFC Fight Night 67.
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White Sunday is a holiday in Samoa and Tonga falling on the second Sunday in May and October. It is a day for parents and communities to acknowledge and celebrate childhood by hosting special programs during church services which include scriptural recitations.
On White Sunday, Samoan and Tongan women and children dress completely in white clothing. Some of them trim the clothes with the other two colors of the Samoan flag, red and blue. Men will wear white shirts with either white slacks or the traditional ‘i.e. faitaga form of the lavalava. If a lavalava is worn it need not be white. White Sunday is also celebrated in Tonga.
In the Samoan language the holiday is called “Lotu Tamaiti,” literally “Children’s Service” or “Prayer for Children.”
There are differing opinions in regards to the origin of this holiday. Some believe White Sunday to be a Christian adaptation of an indigenous pre-contact celebration of certain planting and harvesting seasons. Others assert that the holiday coincides with a family celebration that became widespread in the 1920s in commemoration of Samoans who succumbed to the influenza epidemic of 1919; this epidemic, introduced through the ambivalence of the New Zealand colonial administration, took the lives of 1/5 to 1/4 of the Samoan population, many of them children. White Sunday is a time to also get with brothers, sisters and even cousins to recite something together. It is a tradition in all the Protestant churches..