Kevin Holland is out from the scheduled December 5 fight night. Jack Hermansson will get a new opponent a week before the event.
Kevin Holland, who earlier replaced Darren Till from the headliner spot of December 5 fight night, and was set to make his case for the “fighter of the year” stronger is now out from next week’s main event.
According to reports, Kevin Holland tested positive for Covid-19 and thus is forced to withdraw from the Middleweight bout against Jack Hermansson.
BREAKING: Kevin Holland Out of UFC on ESPN 19 After Positive COVID Test. https://t.co/5G4NXGo9Wc
— MMA News (@mmanews_com) November 28, 2020
Who Will Replace Kevin Holland?
As per preliminary whispers, Marvin Vittori, who is currently the No.13 ranked Middleweight in UFC is approached. But as of now no escalations have taken place.
Kevin Holland is out of next weekend’s main event against Jack Hermansson due to a positive COVID test, per multiple sources.
Current plan is for Hermansson to now fight Marvin Vettori in the main event of next weekend’s show, sources say, though, no bout agreement issued yet.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 28, 2020
It should be noted that Vittori is already booked to face Ronaldo Souza at UFC 256. Therefore if the aforementioned fight gets solidified then his pay-per-view fixture will be scrapped.
On another note, with this update two back-to-back headliner fights of consecutive fight night events (UFC Vegas 15 and 16) are affected by the onslaught of the global pandemic.
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