Marvin Vettori steps in to replace Kevin Holland against Jack Hermansson at UFC Vegas 16

Marvin Vettori
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Surging middleweight contender Marvin Vettori (15-4-1 MMA) has agreed to replace Kevin Holland against Jack Hermansson at UFC Vegas 16.

Holland was expected to face ‘The Joker’ in the headliner of the December 5 event but was forced to pullout of the fight after contracting Covid-19 according to ESPN.

With that, Marvin Vettori has agreed to step in and fight Hermansson in what will be a five-round affair.

“Marvin Vettori’s personal trainer just confirmed both Vettori & Hermansson agreed for 5-round main event on December 5.” – shared @Phre of BJPenn.com.

‘The Italian Dream’ was last seen in action at June’s UFC Vegas 2 event where he scored a first round submission victory over Karl Roberson. That victory marked the Vettori’s third in a row, as he had previously scored unanimous decision victories over Andrew Sanchez and Cezar Ferreira.

Marvin Vettori’s lone loss in has past six Octagon appearances came via split-decision to reigning middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.

Meanwhile, Jack Hermansson (21-5 MMA) was most recently seen in action at July’s UFC Fight Island 2 event where he picked up a first round submission victory over Kelvin Gastelum. Prior to that impressive win, ‘The Joker’ was coming off a TKO loss to Jared Cannonier.

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Marvin Vettori was originally slated to square off with Ronaldo ‘Jacare‘ Souza at UFC 256 on December 12. So the move to fight Hermansson is only costing him a week of training time.

The UFC has yet to confirm if a replacement opponent will be sought out for Souza for the December 12 event.

Who do you think will emerge victorious when Vettori and Hermanssion square off on December 5 at UFC Vegas 16? Share your thoughts in the comments section PENN Nation!

This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on November 28, 2020

This article appeared first on BJPENN.COM