Marvin Vettori will now face Jack Hermansson in new UFC Vegas 16 main event


The upcoming UFC Vegas 16 card has a new main event after Marvin Vettori accepted a short-notice opportunity to face Jack Hermansson at the event on December 5 in Las Vegas.

Multiple sources familiar with the situation confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Saturday with fight agreements issued and signed for the new fight. ESPN initially reported the news.

The new main event came together after Kevin Holland was pulled from the fight against Hermansson after testing positive for COVID-19.

As for Vettori, he was originally scheduled to face Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at UFC 256 on December 12, but now he will fight a week earlier in a main event against a top-five-ranked opponent. There is no word on whether “Jacare” will still fight in UFC 256 against a new opponent or not.

The Italian middleweight has won his last three fights in a row, including a compelling TKO against Karl Robertson in his last outing.

Meanwhile, Hermansson will prepare for his third different opponent after agreeing to the Main Event date of December 5.

He was originally scheduled to face former UFC title contender Darren Till, but was forced out of the fight due to injury. Holland replaced Till but was later removed due to his test positive for the coronavirus.

Now Hermansson will take on Vettori in a top 15 middleweight battle as the new headliner for UFC Vegas 16.


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