The gap made by the departure of Kyle Nelson from Saturday’s UFC show has been filled, as Julian Erosa will step in to fight Sean Woodson at featherweight.
First reported by Neil Davidson of The Canadian Press, Nelson was taken off of the show due to visa issues for the event which is held at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The fight will be a return to the UFC for Erosa, whose last fight was on the regional scene. This will kick off his third stint in the promotion. His first started in 2015 after winning the finale of “The Ultimate Fighter 22.” A loss at UFC 196 took him out of the promotion again.
Similar to his first entrance into the UFC, his second came through another TV series, “Dana White’s Contender Series.” He went 0-3 in his 2018 to 2019 run, being cut after a May loss to Julio Arce. Now after a first-round win over A.J. Bryant in February he returns again.
Woodson won his UFC debut last October, getting a decision nod over Kyle Bochniak. His entrance into the promotion came through the third season of “Dana White’s Contender Series.”
In the headlining spot on Saturday is lightweights Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker. With 11 bouts booked, the show looks like this currently.
Bout 11: Dustin Poirier (25-6) vs. Dan Hooker (20-8) (Lightweight)
Bout 10: Mickey Gall (6-2) vs. Mike Perry (13-6) (Welterweight)
Bout 9: Kyle Daukaus (9-0) vs. Brendan Allen (14-3) (Middleweight)
Bout 8: Maurice Greene (8-4) vs. Gian Villante (17-11) (Heavyweight)
Bout 7: Luis Pena (8-2) vs. Khama Worthy (15-6) (Lightweight)
Bout 6: Tanner Boser (17-6-1) vs. Philipe Lins (14-4) (Heavyweight)
Bout 5: Sean Woodson (7-0) vs. Julian Erosa (23-8) (Featherweight)
Bout 4: Mara Romero Borella (12-8) vs. Miranda Maverick (7-2) (Flyweight)
Bout 3: Takashi Sato (15-3) vs. Ramiz Brahimaj (8-2) (Welterweight)
Bout 2: Jinh Yu Frey (9-4) vs. Kay Hansen (6-3) (Strawweight)
Bout 1: Jordan Griffin (18-7) vs. Youssef Zalal (8-2) (Featherweight)