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UFC newcomer steps into fight on four days’ notice

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Four days out from UFC Fight Night 241, the lineup was tweaked.

Former Bellator and Road to UFC fighter Tuco Tokkos has filled a void left by Antonio Trocoli and will fight Oumar Sy, promotion officials confirmed Tuesday after an initial report by Al Zullino. The light heavyweight bout takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Tucos (10-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) originally entered the international spotlight in Bellator but was released after an 0-2 stint with the promotion. Since then, he’s gone 6-1 with his lone loss a brutal knockout against current UFC fighter Zhang Mingyang on Road to UFC in June 2022. He enters Saturday’s bout on a three-fight winning streak.

It’s unclear why Trocoli (12-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) withdrew. The 33-year-old Brazilian continues to have issues stepping in the UFC cage. He was signed off Dana White’s Contender Series in 2019, but then released after a drug test came back positive. He was signed again in 2022, but withdrew from a bout vs. Ovince Saint Preux. It’s unclear if he remained on the roster before his reappearance in the booking vs. Sy.

Sy (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is also a promotional debutant. He previously competed for KSW and ARES FC among other promotions and has seven finishes (four knockouts and three submissions) in seven pro wins. Once he debuts, Sy will register the fourth-longest reach in promotion history at 83.9″.

With the change, the UFC Fight Night 241 fight card includes:

MAIN CARD (ESPN+, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Edson Barboza vs. Lerone Murphy
  • Carlston Harris vs. Khaos Williams
  • Ramiz Brahimaj vs. Themba Gorimbo
  • Vinicius Salvador vs. Adrian Yanez
  • Angela Hill vs. Luana Pinheiro

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 4 p.m. ET)

  • Victor Martinez vs. Tom Nolan
  • Oumar Sy vs. Antonio Trocoli
  • Melissa Gatto vs. Tamires Vidal
  • Warlley Alves vs. Abus Magomedov
  • Ariane Carnelossi vs. Piera Rodriguez
  • Heili Alateng vs. Kleydson Rodrigues
  • Vanessa Demopoulos vs. Emily Ducote

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC Fight Night 241.

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