Perez Replaces Kape To Take On Nicolau In UFC Vegas 91 Main Event

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Perez Replaces Kape To Take On Nicolau In UFC Vegas 91 Main Event

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Manel Kape has suffered yet another canceled fight.

UFC Vegas 91’s main event has changed, as announced by the promotion today (Tues., April 2, 2024). Kape has been removed from his rematch against Matheus Nicolau (19-4-1) on April 27, 2024. Stepping in to replace Kape will be one-time Flyweight title challenger, Alex Perez (24-8).

The cancelation is the ninth time in Kape’s three-year UFC tenure that he’s lost out on a bout. Six of which were on his opponent’s end. No reason has been disclosed for the withdrawal.

Perez, 32, will enter the match up hoping to snap a three-fight losing skid. He last fought Muhammed Mokaev when he dropped a competitive unanimous decision in March 2024.

Nicolau, on the other hand, hasn’t fought in over one year. A tough first round knockout against Brandon Royval was the result of Nicolau’s last time out in April 2023. The loss snapped a six-fight winning streak.

The latest UFC Vegas 91 line up can be seen below.

  • 125lbs.: Matheus Nicolau vs. Alex Perez
  • 205lbs.: Ryan Spann vs. Bogdan Guskov
  • 125lbs.: Ariane Lipski vs. Karine Silva
  • 155lbs.: Maheshate Hayisaer vs. Gabriel Benítez
  • 155lbs.: James Llontop vs. Gabriel Green
  • 265lbs.: Austen Lane vs. Jhonata Diniz
  • 155lbs.: Austin Hubbard vs. Michal Figlak
  • 265lbs.: Caio Machado vs. Don’Tale Mayes
  • 155lbs.: Joel Álvarez vs. Mateusz Rębecki
  • 125lbs.: Ivana Petrović vs. Liang Na
  • 155lbs.: Jonathan Pearce vs. David Onama
  • 170lbs.: Tim Means vs. Uros Medic
  • 115lbs.: Marnic Mann vs. Ketlen Souza
  • 135lbs.: Rani Yahya vs. Victor Henry