With Anthony Hernandez out of UFC Vegas 45 due to a knee injury, he is now expected to Dustin Stoltzfus face Caio Borralho at the Dec. 18 show
With Anthony Hernandez out of UFC Vegas 45 due to a knee injury, he is now expected to Dustin Stoltzfus face Caio Borralho at the Dec. 18 show in Las Vegas, said several people with knowledge of the replacement to MMA Fighting after Borralho announced it on social media. Both parties have already signed the contract, but Borralho still needs a visa to compete in the United States, according to the sources.
Hernandez, a former LFA champion, is coming off his second victory over the Octagon with a surprise submission in the second round against multiple BJJ world champion Rodolfo Vieira in the Preliminaries of the UFC 258. The 27-year-old Californian had reached the PPV with a TKO loss at the hands of Kevin Holland.
Borralho (10-1, 1 no contest) fought twice in Dana White’s Contender Series to win a UFC deal, winning a decision over Aaron Jeffery before knocking out Jesse Murray less than a month later. Unbeaten in his last nine bouts, Borralho has scored stoppages in seven of his MMA victories.
Stoltzfus (13-3) also joined the UFC via DWCS, a first-round win over Joseph Pyfer in August 2020, but has yet to win under the UFC banner, losing a decision to Kyle Daukaus before a loss. by submission in the third round to jiu, jitsu legend Rodolfo Vieira last July.
The Fight Night card will be headlined by heavyweight knockout greats Derrick Lewis and Chris Daukaus after Anthony Hernandez was absent due to injury, promising a totally engaging evening full of action and surprises. The two fighters will meet in the middleweight division at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.