According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, “Trailblazer” will now fight Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. And stepping into take his place against Hermansson is number 13-ranked Marvin Vettori.
Kevin Holland will now face Jacare Souza at UFC 256 on 12/12 after having to pull out of next weekend’s main event due to testing positive for COVID. Vettori x Hermansson is on for next weekend’s headliner, per the broadcast.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 29, 2020
Jacare was supposed to face Uriah Hall at UFC 249 in May, but a positive COVID-19 test took him off the card. He hasn’t seen action since November 2019, when he lost to current light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz via split decision.
Vettori is currently on a three-fight win streak. He last fought in June against Karl Roberson and won via first-round submission. Hermansson is also coming off a first-round submission victory over Kelvin Gastelum in July.
Holland, meanwhile, last fought on Halloween night and defeated Charlie Ontiveros, also via first-round submission.