LFA Vet Tabatha Ricci Steps In To face Manon Fiorot At June 5th UFC Card

A change has been made to UFC’s June 5th “Fight Night” card just days before the event will go down.

Former LFA fighter Tabatha Ricci will make her promotional debut when replacing Maryna Moroz in a bout against Manon Fiorot, per a report from Farah Hannoun and Nolan King of MMA Junkie.

The new matchup will take place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

It is not known currently why Moroz withdrew from her bout against Fiorot.

Ricci, an undefeated flyweight, is getting the call to the UFC after a three-fight run in regional promotion LFA.

Ricci started her LFA run in September, where she fought to a decision win against Kelsey Arnesen. The fight handed Ricci her third pro win but was her first appearance in MMA since 2014.

The 26-year-old has scored two stoppage wins this year, submitting Vanessa Marie Grimes and finishing Shawna Ormsby with strikes.

Now with a new opponent, Fiorot will be looking for her second UFC win. Fiorot won her UFC debut earlier this year, stopping Invicta FC vet Victoria Leonardo with strikes in the second round. The fight was Fiorot’s sixth consecutive win when including her undefeated run in EFC and UAE Warriors in recent years.

Heavyweights Jairzinho Rozenstruick and Augusto Sakai are set to headline UFC’s card on Saturday night. Here is how the card looks in total.

Main Card (7:00PM EDT / 4:00PM PDT) (ESPN+ / TSN 5)

Bout 14: Jairzinho Rozenstruick (11-2) vs. Augusto Sakai (15-2-1) (Heavyweight)

Bout 13: Walt Harris (13-9) vs. Marcin Tybura (21-6) (Heavyweight)

Bout 12: Roman Dolidze (8-1) vs. Laureano Staropoli (9-3) (Middleweight)

Bout 11: Santiago Ponzinibbio (27-4) vs. Miguel Baeza (10-0) (Welterweight)

Bout 10: Dusko Todorovic (10-1) vs. Gregory Rodrigues (9-3) (Middleweight)

Bout 9: Tom Breese (12-3) vs. Antonio Arroyo (9-4) (Middleweight)

Preliminary Card (4:00PM EDT / 1:00PM PDT) (ESPN+ / TSN 5)

Bout 8: Makwan Amirkhani (16-5) vs. Kamuela Kirk (11-4) (Featherweight)

Bout 7: Montana De La Rosa (11-6-1) vs. Ariane Lipski (13-6) (Flyweight)

Bout 6: Tanner Boser (19-7-1) vs. Ilir Latifi (14-8) (Heavyweight)

Bout 5: Francisco Trinaldo (26-7) vs. Muslim Salikhov (17-2) (Welterweight)

Bout 4: Alan Patrick (15-3) vs. Mason Jones (10-1) (Welterweight)

Bout 3: Maryna Moroz (10-3) vs. Manon Fiorot (6-1) (Flyweight)

Bout 2: Youssef Zalal (10-4) vs. Sean Woodson (7-1) (Featherweight)

Bout 1: Claudio Puelles (9-2) vs. Jordan Leavitt (8-0) (Lightweight)

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