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Manel Kape out of UFC Struggle Night time 241 headliner vs. Matheus Nicolau, Alex Perez steps in as substitute

Manel Kape’s 2024 return to the octagon has been delayed again. The UFC flyweight contender is out of his bout against Matheus Nicolau, which was to serve as the headliner of a UFC Fight Night event on April 27 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Now, veteran Alex Perez has been pulled from a

Manel Kape out of UFC Struggle Night time 241 headliner vs. Matheus Nicolau, Alex Perez steps in as substitute


Manel Kape’s 2024 return to the octagon has been delayed once more.

The UFC flyweight contender is out of his bout towards Matheus Nicolau, which was to function the headliner of a UFC Struggle Night time occasion on April 27 on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Now, veteran Alex Perez has been pulled from a scheduled matchup of his personal to step in as a substitute to face Nicolau.

The information was announced by the promotion on Tuesday and later independently confirmed by MMA Junkie.

Kape (19-6 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Nicolau (19-4-1 MMA, 7-2) have been initially speculated to rematch in January, however the fight was scrapped after Kape missed weight by 3.5 kilos. Kape has had many combat cancellations within the final couple of years, leaving him to combat solely as soon as in 2022 and as soon as extra in 2023.

Nicolau was the final fighter to defeat Kape, profitable a break up determination in March 2021. He appears to rebound from a loss to former title challenger Brandon Royval, which snapped the 31-year-old’s six-fight profitable streak.

Changing Kape, Perez (24-8 MMA, 6-4 UFC) can be seeking to bounce again from defeat. “Turbo” was scheduled to face Tagir Ulanbekov on June 15 earlier than the shift to dealing with Nicolau. The previous UFC title challenger is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Muhammad Mokaev in March. He’s at present on a three-fight dropping streak, together with his final win coming in 2020.

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