Brian Kelleher has found a new opponent for Saturday’s UFC show, as former LFA fighter Kevin Natividad will step in to replace Ricky Simon. News of the matchup was first reported by Nolan King of MMA Junkie.
Natividad will make his UFC debut on Saturday. He enters the cage on a five-fight winning streak, including a win in LFA last July against Kyle Estrada.
Kelleher will aim to bounce back from a loss on Saturday, as his previous fight was a decision loss to Cody Stamann last June. Kelleher has been one of the most active fighters in 2020, with his upcoming matchup set to be his fourth of the year.
Kelleher lost his original matchup against Simon earlier in the week after a member of Simon’s team tested positive for COVID-19.
With the short notice replacement, UFC’s September 5th card is now back up to 10 bouts in total. Set to headline the show is heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Augusto Sakai. Here’s the full card which is set to happen at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Bout 10: Alistair Overeem (46-18) vs. Augusto Sakai (15-1-1) (Heavyweight)
Bout 9: Ovince St. Preux (24-14) vs. Alonzo Menifield (9-1) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 8: Sijara Eubanks (5-4) vs. Karol Rosa (13-3) (Bantamweight)
Bout 7: Michel Pereira (23-11) vs. Zelim Imadaev (8-2) (Welterweight)
Bout 6: Thiago Moises (13-4) vs. Jalin Turner (9-5) (Lightweight)
Bout 5: Bartosz Fabinski (15-3) vs. Andre Muniz (19-4) (Middleweight)
Bout 4: Montana De La Rosa (11-5) vs. Viviane Araujo (8-2) (Flyweight)
Bout 3: Marcos Rogerio de Lima (17-6-1) vs. Alexander Romanov (11-0) (Heavyweight)
Bout 2: Cole Smith (7-1) vs. Hunter Azure (8-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 1: Brian Kelleher (21-11) vs. Kevin Natividad (9-1) (Featherweight)