According to Brett Okamoto, the UFC working to get Michel Pereira a new opponent this weekend, after Muslim Salikhov withdrew. Looking like it will be Andre Fialho, per his manager Ali Abdelaziz and additional sources. Fialho has fought for Bellator, PFL, UAE. This will be his UFC debut.
The brackets for Combate Global's eight-man, one-night Copa Combate tournament have been released, per promotion officials. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be one round apiece and the final will be three rounds of action. There will also be two reserve bouts, one featuring Bellator veteran Ricky Bandejas, and two women's fights, including the return to Lucero "Loba" Acosta.
Bellator has re-signed Keri Taylor-Melendez to a new, multi-fight contract, officials told ESPN on Monday. The California native had been a free agent. Taylor-Melendez, 37, is 5-0 in MMA with three finishes, having last fought in November 2020. She is the wife of longtime MMA lightweight great Gilbert Melendez.