Update On Several Fights For This Weekend’s UFC On ESPN 12 Card
Fights being changed at the last minute is nothing new to the UFC. The promotion always seems to find a way to work around a problem, whatever it may be. That is what Dana White and company have currently done with the upcoming UFC on ESPN 12 card.
The main card had to first be moved around when Aspen Ladd had to back out of her bantamweight bout against Sarah McMann. ESPN reported that she tore her ACL and MCL during training. Requiring surgery, Ladd could be out for almost a year. McMann was never able to receive a replacement opponent, nixing the bout.
Replacing that women’s bout is another one. Invicta FC will get its time to shine in the UFC, as Jinh Yu Frey will face off with Kay Hansen in a strawweight bout. Frey (9-4) will be making her UFC debut. The 35-year-old has been with Invicta since 2014. She is a former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion and attempted to fight for the RIZIN Super-Atomweight Championship in June 2019. Losing to Ayaka Hamasaki, Frey recently rebounded with a win over Ashley Cummins in February.
Hansen (6-3) is another Invicta mainstay, having been with the promotion since 2017. Her last fight was a unanimous decision win over Liana Pirosin back in March. The California-born fighter is only 20 years old.
Sean Woodson’s fight has been moved to the main card, but he will have a different opponent. Kyle Nelson is out of their fight following visa issues keeping him in Canada. Taking his place will be Julian Erosa.
Erosa (22-8) has had two stints with the UFC, dating back to 2015. Competing on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018, the 30-year-old has lost three fights in a row for the promotion. His last fight was a knockout loss at the hands of Julio Arce in May 2019. Woodson (7-0) fought for Shamrock FC before competing on DWCS in 2019. He won his UFC debut in October 2019, beating Kyle Bochniak via unanimous decision.
UFC on ESPN 12 will take place inside the UFC APEX Center in Las Vegas on June 27. The main event will be Dustin Poirier v. Dan Hooker.
Main Card (8 p.m., ESPN)
Dustin Poirier v. Dan Hooker
Mike Perry v. Mickey Gall
Brendan Allen v. Kyle Daukaus
Gian Villante v. Maurice Greene
Sean Woodson v. Kyle Nelson
Prelims (5 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Luis Pena v. Khama Worthy
Philipe Lins v. Tanner Boser
Mara Romero Borella v. Miranda Maverick
Takashi Sato v. Ramiz Brahimaj
Jordan Griffin v. Youssef Zalal
Kay Hansen v. Jinh Yu Frey