UFC is looking to give Matt Schnell a new opponent in Rogerio Bontorin after his previous booking against Alex Perez fell through. Should the fight be confirmed, it would keep Schnell on the upcoming May 15th pay-per-view card.
News of the new potential bantamweight matchup was first reported by Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie. It is not known at the moment why Perez withdrew from his fight against Schnell.
The new pairing is being attempted to be made for UFC 262, which will take place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA.
Bontorin would look to snap a two-fight skid in his next matchup. He was stopped in his appearance last month, as Kai Kara-France finished him late in the first round with punches.
His previous bout was a year before then, where UFC vet Ray Borg handed Bontorin his first UFC loss on scorecards.
Schnell returned to the win column in his last fight, taking a split decision over Tyson Nam in January. The win was his first fight in over a year, returning after Alexandre Pantoja stopped his four-fight winning streak in late 2019.
UFC 262’s main event is currently set to have Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler competing for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship. Here is the card as it stands currently.
Bout 15: Charles Oliveira (30-8) vs. Michael Chandler (22-5) (Vacant UFC Lightweight Championship)
Bout 14: Leon Edwards (18-3) vs. Nate Diaz (20-12) (Welterweight)
Bout 13: Tony Ferguson (25-5) vs. Beneil Dariush (20-4-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 12: Gina Mazany (7-4) vs. Priscila Cachoeira (9-3) (Flyweight)
Bout 11: Katlyn Chookagian (15-4) vs. Viviane Araujo (10-2) (Flyweight)
Bout 10: Andrea Lee (11-5) vs. Antonina Shevchenko (9-2) (Flyweight)
Bout 9: Shane Burgos (13-2) vs. Edson Barboza (21-9) (Featherweight)
Bout 8: Jamie Pickett (11-5) vs. Jordan Wright (11-1) (Middleweight)
Bout 7: Jack Hermansson (21-6) vs. Edmen Shahbazyan (11-1) (Middleweight)
Bout 6: Jacare Souza (26-9) vs. Andre Muniz (20-4) (Middleweight)
Bout 5: Christos Giagos (18-8) vs. Joel Alvarez (18-2) (Lightweight)
Bout 4: Damir Ismagulov (19-1) vs. Rafael Alves (19-9) (Lightweight)
Bout 3: Mike Grundy (12-2) vs. Lando Vannata (11-5-2) (Featherweight)
Bout 2: Kevin Aguilar (17-4) vs. Tucker Lutz (11-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 1: Matt Schnell (15-5) vs. Rogerio Bontorin (16-3) (Bantamweigth)