Makhmud Muradov out, Kevin Holland now expected to face newcomer Charlie Ontiveros at UFC Vegas 12

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

A late change has been made to the UFC Vegas 12 card with Kevin Holland now expected to face late replacement Charlie Ontiveros after Makhmud Muradov was forced out of their fight due to undisclosed reasons.

Multiple sources confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Wednesday with agreements in place from both fighters, although the UFC has not made any official announcements regarding the bout.

Holland and Muradov were originally scheduled to appear at the UFC Vegas 12 media day on Wednesday, but neither fighter actually spoke to reporters. It appears that was due to the change in the fight with Muradov being forced off the card just days ahead of the event.

Ontiveros will now look to make his octagon debut with an 11-6 record including several fights in LFA and Fury FC as well as a past matchup against Michael “Venom” Page in Bellator.

Ontiveros is currently riding a two-fight win streak with a pair of first round knockouts added to his record.

As for Holland, the Contender Series veteran has rattled off three straight wins in 2020 including knockouts over Joaquin Buckley and Anthony Hernandez.

The UFC Vegas 12 card is headlined by former middleweight champion Anderson Silva facing off with Uriah Hall.

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