UFC 256 witnesses new inclusion of Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza as he faces Kevin Holland

A surprise new addition to UFC 256 as Ronaldo Souza is set to fight Kevin Holland

Ronaldo Souza

Kevin Holland was initially supposed to face Jack Hermansson at UFC Vegas 16 but Holland tested positive for COVID-19 making Marvin Vettori move from a UFC 256 bout with Ronaldo Souza to his first main event against Hermansson.

Holland now fights a week after intended and is now set to face Souza at the December 12 event at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas. The latest change was announced during Saturday’s UFC Vegas 15 broadcast.

Former strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo Souza makes a long-awaited return to the Octagon. He was set to take on Uriah Hall at UFC 249, but a day fefore became he tested positive for COVID-19 and had to pull out.

UFC 256 will be Souza’s 35th time he steps into an Octagon professionally. When Souza had a third-round knockout win over UFC 230, “Jacare” moved back and forth in terms of choosing to fight Jack Hermansson and current light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz.

Marvin Vettori replaces Kevin Holland in the fight against Hermansson

Ronaldo Souza was at first scheduled to fight Vettori at UFC 256 before Vettori was pushed up to the Hermansson fight. Vettori will now face Hermansson after Holland tested positive and was pushed to fight in UFC 256 on December 12th.

Hermansson has had a wide variety of opponents to pick from for the upcoming UFC event. He was originally set to take on Darren Till, who had withdrawn due to a knee injury. Then was set to fight Holland but seems now that Vettori is the last decision for him. The 32-year-old Swede is just desperate to compete and seems like any opponent will do.

Vettori has now got a chance to make it to the upper tier of 185 pounds in his first UFC main event. UFC 256 is going to be headlined by a flyweight title fight between champ Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno.

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