Mounir Lazzez had been expected to fight Eizeu Zaleski dos Santos on the main card of UFC Fight Night 206 on Saturday night, but when his opponent dropped out due to personal reasons he was left without an opponent.
However, with just three days until fight night he is now set to fight a short-notice replacement in Ange Loosa, who will be making his UFC debut after previously appearing on the Contender Series.
Lazzez was touted as ‘The Middle-Eastern Conor McGregor’ when he first joined the UFC in 2020, and he proved his worth by showing off impressive striking technique en-route to a decision win over Abdul Razak Alhassan in his promotional debut.
However, the 34-year-old Lazzez was then TKO’d in the first round by Warrley Alves in January of last year, leaving him with a 10-2 career record overall and hasn’t fought since.
As for Loosa, the 28-year-old made his way onto the Contender Series in 2021 after competing for promotions like Titan FC and LFC, but lost out by unanimous decision to Jack Della Maddalena.
He’s since gone on to pick up a win in the XMMA promotion to take his career record to 8-2 and now gets an opportunity to make his official UFC debut on Saturday night.
Lazzez vs. Loosa joins a UFC Fight Night 206 card that will be headlined by welterweight action as Vicente Luque rematches Belal Muhammad.