UFC on ESPN 19 Hermansson vs Vettori

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UFC on ESPN: Hermansson vs. Vettori (also known as UFC on ESPN 19 and UFC Vegas 16) is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will take place on December 5, 2020, at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

The promotion was targeting a middleweight bout between former UFC Welterweight Championship challenger Darren Till and Jack Hermansson to serve as the event headliner. However on November 6, it was revealed that Till was forced to withdraw from the planned bout due to an undisclosed injury. He was replaced by Kevin Holland. In turn, Holland was removed from the contest on November 28 after testing positive for COVID-19. Marvin Vettori, who was expected to face former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Ronaldo Souza a week later at UFC 256, will now serve as his replacement. The UFC also opted to reschedule Holland as Vettori's replacement at UFC 256. John Allan Arte and Roman Dolidze were originally scheduled to meet at UFC 255 in a light heavyweight bout. They were eventually rescheduled for this event. A bantamweight bout between Cody Stamann and Merab Dvalishvili was expected to take place at this event. However on October 22, it was announced that Stamann pulled out due to undisclosed reasons. He was replaced by Raoni Barcelos. The new booking fell through on November 19, as it was revealed that Barcelos was removed from the contest due to a medical suspension related to his latest bout on November 7. A featherweight bout between Gabriel Benítez and Justin Jaynes was initially scheduled for UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. dos Anjos a month earlier, but the pairing was postponed after Benítez tested positive for COVID-19. The matchup was left intact and is expected to take place at this event. Also scheduled for UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. dos Anjos, a bantamweight bout between Louis Smolka and José Alberto Quiñónez was canceled after Smolka pulled out of their fight as a result of ill-effects from his weigh-cut on the day of the event. They were then rescheduled for this event. Maryna Moroz was expected to face Taila Santos in a women's flyweight bout at the event. However on November 18, it was announced that Moroz had to pull out and Montana De La Rosa would be her replacement. Just hours before the event, the UFC decided to remove the fight after one of De La Rosa's cornermen tested positive for COVID-19. A women's bantamweight bout between former UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship challenger Bethe Correia and Wu Yanan was expected to take place at this event. However, due to visa issues, they were rescheduled for UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Kattar on January 16, 2021. At the weigh-ins, former interim UFC Light Heavyweight Championship challenger Ovince Saint Preux weighed in at 207.5 pounds, one and a half pounds over the light heavyweight non-title fight limit. His bout is expected to proceed at a catchweight and he will be fined 20% of his individual purse, which will go to his opponent Jamahal Hill. After the cancellation of the De La Rosa/Santos bout, two other fights were also removed from the event: a featherweight bout between Movsar Evloev and Nate Landwehr due to Evloev testing positive for COVID-19; and a flyweight bout between Jimmy Flick and Cody Durden due to a non-COVID related medical issue with Durden. The latter is expected to be rescheduled for UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal two weeks later.

Main Card:
Middleweight / Jack Hermansson vs. Marvin Vettori
Catchweight (207.5lb) / Ovince Saint Preux vs. Jamahal Hill
Lightweight / Gabriel Benítez vs. Justin Jaynes
Light Heavyweight / Roman Dolidze vs. John Allan Arte
Lightweight / Matt Wiman vs. Jordan Leavitt

Preliminary Card:
Bantamweight / Louis Smolka vs. José Alberto Quiñónez
Featherweight / Ilia Topuria vs. Damon Jackson
Heavyweight / Jake Collier vs. Gian Villante

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