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Holland vs. Jacare booked for UFC 256; Vettori steps in against Hermansson

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Kevin Holland gets a new fight booking, as Marvin Vettori replaces his slot against Jack Hermansson.

UFC Fight Night: Holland v Ontiveros Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

On Saturday, Kevin Holland was removed from his UFC Vegas 16 headliner against Jack Hermansson after testing positive for COVID-19. Hours later, he got a new fight booked for UFC 256.

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.

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.

UFC Vegas 16 and UFC 256 will happen on December 5 and December 12, respectively. Both events will take place at the APEX Facility.