Manon Fiorot was in want of a brand new opponent for UFC Vegas 28 on Saturday night time and he or she obtained one in undefeated prospect and promotional newcomer, Tabatha Ricci.
Fiorot was anticipated to satisfy Maryna Moroz in a flyweight combat, however the latter was compelled to the withdraw simply days earlier than the occasion. Ricci then stepped in because the short-notice alternative for Moroz, who has not revealed the rationale behind her withdrawal at the moment. Farah Hannoun and Nolan King of MMA Junkie first reported the change on Wednesday afternoon and it was later confirmed by the UFC on social media.
Fiorot additionally confirmed the change on her social media accounts.
Fiorot made her promotional debut earlier this 12 months at UFC Battle Night time: Chiesa vs. Magny, the place she earned a second-round technical knockout over Dana White’s Contender Sequence contract winner, Victoria Leonardo. Previous to that end, Fiorot rebounded from her solely skilled loss to this point and completed all however considered one of her fights whereas competing for different promotions similar to EFC and UAE Warriors.
Ricci returned to blended martial arts competitors final 12 months and signed a multi-fight take care of Legacy Preventing Alliance (LFA) in June 2020. She debuted at LFA 90 and defeated Kelsey Arnesen by unanimous resolution. Her subsequent fights could be shorter than her earlier one as Ricci submitted Vanessa Maria Grimes and knocked out Shawna Ormsby at LFA 98 and LFA 105 respectively.
The Brazilian is well-known for her judo and jiu-jitsu prowess, very like her longtime coaching associate and present UFC fighter, Mackenzie Dern. She normally competes within the strawweight division, however might be transferring up a weight class for the combat with Fiorot.
UFC Vegas 28 strikes ahead with 14 fights and might be headlined by a heavyweight contest between No. 6 ranked Jairzinho Rozenstruik and No. 9 ranked Augusto Sakai.