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UFC Vegas 46 loses 2 matches; Kevin Croom targeted to face Brian Kelleher

UFC Vegas 46 has undergone even more changes.

Saidyokub Kakhramonov was forced out of his fight on Saturday for undisclosed reasons, but his opponent Brian Kelleher is expected to remain on the card with Kevin Croom in talks to take the fight, which would be at featherweight.

Several people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Wednesday. Kakhramohnov being knocked off the card was first reported by My MMA News.

Assuming the deal is finalized, Croom would enter the fight against Kelleher after a similar situation surrounded his UFC entry in 2020. He ultimately earned a submission victory over Roosevelt Roberts in his debut, but the victory was later overturned after Croom’s test. positive for marijuana. He then suffered a decision loss to Alex Caceres in his next UFC appearance last February.

Now Croom will be looking to get back on track while taking on Kelleher at 145lbs as part of the UFC Vegas 46 card, which takes place at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.

The UFC Vegas 46 event lost another fight with the match between Silvana Gomez Juarez and Vanessa Demopoulos moved to UFC 270, which takes place next weekend in Anaheim, California. Demopoulos revealed the news on his Instagram account with additional sources confirming the move to MMA Fighting on Wednesday.

As it stands, UFC Vegas 46 features a total of 10 fights with featherweights Giga Chikadze and Calvin Kattar serving as the main event. On Tuesday, the card underwent another change when Gabriel Benitez was scratched and Charles Rosa stepped in on short notice to face TJ Brown.

Mike Heck contributed to this report