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|Ovince St. Preux||+140
|Montana De La Rosa||+175
|John Allan Arte||+160
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Jack Hermansson vs Marvin Vettori – Middleweight Division
Jack Hermansson (+116)
Ovince St. Preux vs Jamahal Hill – Light Heavyweight Division
Ovince St. Preux (+140)
Montana De La Rosa vsTaila Santos – Women’s Flyweight Division
Taila Santos (-225)
Roman Dolidze vs John Allan Arte – Light Heavyweight Division
Roman Dolidze (-200)
Movsar Evloev vs Nate Landwehr – Featherweight Division
Movsar Evloev (-590)
|Hermansson vs Vettori Information|
|What||UFC on ESPN: Hermansson vs Vettori|
|Where||UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|When||Saturday, December 5, 8 PM EST|
|How to watch||TSN3, TSN5, ESPN, Watch on ESPN+ here!|
The original plan for Jack Hermansson was to face Darren Till this Saturday night. However, on November 6, Till pulled out from the fight due to an injury while training. Kevin Holland, fresh off of a win just over a month ago stepped in for Till. But then, just one week ago, Holland was diagnosed with COVID-19 and pulled from the fight. On just one week’s notice, Marvin Vettori was pulled from his fight later this month and moved up to this card to the main event against “The Joker”.
Hermansson had a stretch through 2018 to early 2019 that saw him win four straight fights over the likes of David Branch and Ronaldo Souza. The streak was snapped by Jared Cannonier last September via TKO. However, Hermansson bounced back in a huge way, submitting former title challenger Kelvin Gastelum via heel hook in the very first round of their bout, which took place this past July.
The 32-year-old Swedish fighter stands at 6 ft. 1 in. and has a reach of 77.5 inches. Hermansson trains out of Norway with the Frontline Academy and has been fighting professionally since 2010. He is currently ranked as the fourth-best middleweight in the promotion.
The original plan for Marvin Vettori was for him to face Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at the end-of-the-year card UFC 256. But with the shuffle of opponents for Hermansson, Vettori agreed to step up on short notice and fill the gap.
Since his split-decision loss to Israel Adesanya two years ago, Vettori has gone on to win three fights in a row. His most recent bout took place this past June when he took on Karl Roberson. Vettori choked out Roberson in the first round, earning him a performance of the night bonus.
The 27-year-old Italian fighter stands one-inch shorter than Hermansson and will be at a 3.5-inch reach disadvantage Saturday night. Vettori has been fighting since 2011 and currently trains out of his home country with the Stabile Fight Team. He also spends time with Kings MMA. Under coach Filippo Stabile, Vettori holds a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He is currently ranked as the 13th-best in the middleweight division.
Ovince St. Preux has had a back-and-forth run as of late at light heavyweight. The rough patch saw OSP move up to heavyweight for a fight against Ben Rothwell. OSP would go on to lose the fight, albeit by split-decision. In his most recent bout, Ovince St. Preux opted to move back to the light heavyweight division to take on Alonzo Menifield. The fight took place this past September and OSP would win by second-round knockout, earning him a performance of the night bonus in the process.
Fighting since 2008, the 37-year-old fighter stands at 6 ft. 3 in. tall and has a reach of 80 inches. He currently trains out of Knoxville with the Knoxville Martial Arts Academy and holds a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Rafaello Oliveira. The Florida native is currently ranked as the 15th-best light heavyweight in the UFC.
The undefeated Jamahal Hill is still relatively new to the UFC. Having been discovered on the Dana White Contender Series last July, Hill has gone on to fight twice in the UFC. He has won both of his bouts – one via decision against Darko Stosic and the other by TKO against Klidson Abreu this past May.
The 29-year-old will stand one inch taller than his opponent Saturday night but will be at a one-inch reach disadvantage. The American-born fighter trains out of Michigan.
After a four-fight winning streak through 2017 and 2018, Montana De La Rosa has gone just 1-2 in her last three fights. The winning streak was snapped by Andrea Lee last June but De La Rosa bounced back this past February by defeating Mara Romero Borella. In her most recent bout, however, De La Rosa would lose via unanimous decision to Viviane Araujo this past September.
The 25-year-old American stands at 5 ft. 7 in. and has a reach of 68 inches. Fighting since 2014, De La Rosa currently trains with the popular Elevation Fight Team. She holds a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and is ranked as the number-15 women’s flyweight in the promotion.
Taila Santos went into the Dana White Contender Series undefeated and walked out the same way after a decision victory over Estefani Almeida. She would debut for the UFC last February but would lose a split-decision to Mara Borella. She bounced back this past July, however, with a unanimous decision victory over top-contender Molly McCann.
The Brazilian fighter stands one-inch shorter than her opponent Saturday night but has an equal reach at 68 inches. Fighting out of Brazil with the Astra Fight Team, Santos is two-years the senior to De La Rosa.
Saturday night will be Roman Dolidze’s second fight under the UFC banner. Dolidze made his debut for the promotion this past July against Khadis Ibragimov. He would win the fight via first-round TKO – improving his undefeated professional record to 7-0.
Born in Batumi, Georgia, Dolidze stands at 6 ft. 2 in. tall and has a reach of 76 inches. The 32-year-old fighter currently trains out of Ukraine. He is a former WWFC competitor.
John Allan Arte first debuted for the UFC last year. Unfortunately, his fight against Mike Rodriguez was deemed a no-contest by the athletic commission after Arte tested positive for tamoxifen. The fight had originally been called a unanimous decision for Arte.
The 27-year-old Brazilian fighter stands one inch shorter than his opponent this Saturday and will also be at a one-inch reach disadvantage. He currently trains out of his home country with the Chute Boxe Monstro team.
A former M-1 Global competitor, Movsar Evloev made his debut for the UFC last April against Seung Woo Choi. He won the bout via unanimous decision and has since gone on to win two more unanimous decisions for the promotion. Most recently he defeated Mike Grundy in a fight that took place this past July.
The Russian-bron fighter stands at 5 ft. 8 in tall and possesses a reach of 72.5 inches. Fighting since 2014 and known mostly for his wrestling abilities, Evloev currently trains with the nart Fight Club as well as with American Top Team. He holds a master of sport in greco-roman wrestling and is a former M-1 bantamweight champion. At a -590, he is the biggest betting favorite on the main card.
Like Movsar Evloev, Nate Landwehr is also a former competitor of M-1 Global. He debuted for the UFC this past January but was defeated by Herbert Burns via TKO. He has since fought once more, defeating Darren Elkins via unanimous decision this past May.
The 32-year-old American fighter stands one-inch taller than Evloev but Landwehr will be at a two-inch reach disadvantage come Saturday night. Fighting out of Tennessee, Landwehr currently trains with the SSF Submission Academy.
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