Top middleweight contender Jack Hermansson takes on late replacement and rising contender Marvin Vettori in a UFC Fight Night headliner.
The UFC returns for its latest offering on Saturday night with UFC Fight Night from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, as No. 4-ranked Jack Hermansson takes on No. 13-ranked Marvin Vettori in middleweight action.
The actual main event had been Hermansson facing rising contender Kevin Holland. But Holland contracted COVID-19 and was subsequently pulled from the show. Vettori was set to take on Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at UFC 256 on Dec. 12. The UFC switched Vettori to square off with Hermansson, and Holland will fight Souza next weekend.
Hermansson entered the UFC in September 2016 and has complied an 8-3 record with six wins coming via stoppage. After being on the cusp of a title shot before getting derailed by Jared Cannonier in September 2019, Hermannsson rebounded in a big way, notching a first-round submission over former title challenger Kelvin Gastelum in July.
Vettori also entered the UFC in 2016 and has gone 5-2-1. After losing a very close fight to current 185-pound champion Israel Adesanya by split decision in April 2018, Vettori has reeled off three consecutive victories to vault himself into the rankings and be discussed as a legitimate contender.
A victory for Hermansson, and he puts himself onto a concise list of guys who could vie for a title shot. If Vettori can get the win, he puts himself into the top 10 and closer to a championship opportunity at the end of 2021.
Here is everything you need to know about UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Vettori.
When is UFC Fight Night: Jack Hermansson vs. Marvin Vettori?
Date: Saturday, Dec. 5
Prelims: 7 p.m. ET
Main card: 10 p.m. ET
UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Vettori takes place Saturday night, Dec. 5. Prelims get underway at 7 p.m. ET, followed by the main card at 10 p.m. ET.
How to watch UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Vettori TV, live stream info
In the United States, the prelims and main card are on ESPN2 and ESPN+.
In Canada, the prelims (8 p.m. ET) and main card are on TSN3.
In the U.K., UFC Fight Night can be seen live BT Sport 1 (prelims at Midnight GMT and main card at 3 a.m.).
In Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain, the UFC Fight Night main card (4 a.m. CET Sunday) is available on DAZN, the global sports streaming service.
More details about how to watch in other countries can be found at UFC.com.
Where is UFC Fight Night?
UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Vettori will take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Hermansson competes at the Apex for the first time and Vettori will be fighting there for the first time.
Jack Hermansson record, bio
Name: Jack Hermansson
Born: June 10, 1988
Reach: 77.5 inches
Total fights: 26
Marvin Vettori record, bio
Name: Marvin Vettori
Born: Sept. 20, 1993
Reach: 74 inches
Total fights: 20
UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Vettori fight card
Jack Hermansson vs. Marvin Vettori; Middleweight
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Jamahal Hill; Light Heavyweight
Montana De La Rosa vs. Taila Santos; Women’s Flyweight
Roman Dolidze vs. John Allan Arte; Light Heavyweight
Movsar Evloev vs. Nate Landwehr; Featherweight
Gian Villante vs. Jake Collier; Heavyweight
Matt Wiman vs. Jordan Leavitt; Lightweight
Jimmy Flick vs. Cody Durden; Flyweight
Ilia Topuria vs. Damon Jackson; Featherweight
Gabriel Benítez vs. Justin Jaynes; Lightweight
Louis Smolka vs. José Alberto Quiñónez; Bantamweight