After heavyweight Curtis Blaydes caught Covid-19 and was forced to withdraw from UFC Vegas 15 card, which took place last Saturday (28th), this time the disease hit Kevin Holland. Through his social networks, the fighter revealed that he is out of the main event at UFC Vegas 16, on December 5th, when he would have faced Jack Hermansson and that he expected a quick return to the octagon.

The return of the American middleweight, however, came only a few hours later. In a move to “save” UFC Vegas 16, the promotion shifted Marvin Vettori, who would of faced Ronaldo Jacaré at UFC 256, on December 12, to replace Kevin and face Hermansson. Thus, Holland – who still needs to test negative to have anything confirmed – was selected for the fight with Jacaré.

Jack Hermansson vs. Marvin Vettori

Currently fourth in the middleweight rankings, Hermansson comes from a first round knockout of Kelvin Gastelum in July. At 32, the Swede boasts a card of 21 wins and five losses. Five years younger, Italian Marvin Vettori is going through his best phase for the UFC, with three victories in a row. Vettori, it is worth mentioning, is a pupil of Brazilian coach Rafael Cordeiro at Kings MMA. The duo will be the main event at UFC Vegas 16, next Saturday, December 5th.

Ronaldo Jacaré vs. Kevin Holland

A meeting between recovered Covid-19 patients, will mark the fight between Ronaldo Jacaré and Kevin Holland. The Brazilian tested positive in May and already 100%, eagerly awaits a return to the octagon. Currently 40 years old, the Jiu-Jitsu black belt has 26 wins and eight losses through his career in MMA.

Jacaré’s new opponent, American Kevin Holland is going through the opposite situation. On the rise in the middleweight division, Kevin comes from four consecutive UFC victories, the last of which was in October. At 28, the “Trailblazer” would have done his first major fight, but now he is focused on recovering from the coronavirus.

UFC 256 will feature flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo’s second title defense. In addition, Charles do Bronx, Junior Cigano and Renato Moicano, all have important challenges.


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UFC Apex in Las Vegas (USA)

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Main Card

Middleweight: Jack Hermansson vs. Marvin Vettori

Heavyweight: Ovince St. Preux vs. Jamahal Hill

Flyweight: Montana de la Rosa vs. Taila Santos

Heavyweight: Roman Dolidze vs. John Allan

Featherweight: Nate Landwehr vs. Movsar Evloev

Heavyweight: Gian Villante vs. Jake Collier

Preliminary Card

Lightweight: Matt Wiman vs. Jordan Leavitt

Bantamweight: Jimmy Flick vs. Cody Durden

Featherweight: Ilia Topuria vs. Damon Jackson

Featherweight: Gabriel Benitez vs. Justin Jaynes

Bantamweight: Louis Smolka vs. José Alberto Quiñonez

UFC 256

UFC Apex in Las Vegas (USA)

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Flyweight: Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno

Lightweight: Charles do Bronx vs. Tony Ferguson

Lightweight: Renato Moicano vs. Rafael Fiziev

Middleweight: Kevin Holland vs. Ronaldo Jacaré

Heavyweight: Junior Cigano vs. Ciryl Gane

Strawweight: Mackenzie Dern vs. Virna Jandiroba

Welterweight: Li Jingliang vs. Dwight Grant

Featherweight: Cub Swanson vs. Daniel Pineda

Strawweight: Angela Hill vs. Tecia Torres

Featherweight: Chase Hooper vs. Peter Barrett

Featherweight: Billy Quarantillo vs. Gavin Tucker

Heavyweight: Sergey Spivak vs. Jared Vanderaa

Middleweight: Karl Roberson vs. Dalcha Lungiambula

Flyweight: Andrea Lee vs. Gillian Robertson