Ange Loosa to face Mounir Lazzez on five days notice
Despite not being able to secure a UFC contract last year, Ange Loosa will now get his shot on the big stage this Saturday.
Originally slated to take on Mounir Lazzez this weekend was Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos. However, Ryan Frederick of the Wrestling Observer reported today that he was forced to withdraw from the bout for undisclosed personal reasons.
Mounir Lazzez has an opponent for this weekend at #UFCVegas51 as Ange Loosa has signed with the UFC and will step in on short-notice. Loosa replaces Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos.
— Ryan Frederick (@ryanjfrederick) April 12, 2022
The UFC was quick to call Loosa, who gladly took the opportunity to face Lazzez on just five days’ notice at this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night: Luque vs. Muhammad 2.
Loosa (8-2-0) had his first opportunity to make it to the big stage last year on Dana Whites Contender Series. Unfortunately, he suffered a unanimous decision loss to Jack Della Maddalena and was not offered a UFC contract. Since then, he went on to defeat former UFC welterweight contender John Howard at XMMA 4 just 10 days ago.
Come Saturday, Loosa will be matched with Lazzez (10-2-0).
“The Sniper” Lazzez joined the UFC back in 2020 and has gone 1-1 with the promotion. In his promotional debut, he defeated Abdul Razak Alhassan by way of a unanimous decision. In his most recent outing, the Tunisian-born welterweight suffered a TKO loss to Warlley Alves at UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Magny.
The night of fights takes place on April 16th at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will feature the following:
Vicente Luque vs. Belal Muhammad – 170 lbs
Caio Borralho vs. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev – 185 lbs
Miguel Baeza vs. Andre Fialho – 170 lbs
Mayra Bueno Silva vs. Wu Yanan – 135 lbs
TJ Laramie vs. Pat Sabatini – 145 lbs
Mounir Lazzez vs. Ange Loosa – 170 lbs
Devin Clark vs. William Knight – 205 lbs
Pannie Kianzad vs. Lina Lansberg – 135 lbs
Brandon Jenkins vs. Drakkar Klose -155 lbs
Rafa Garcia vs. Jesse Ronson – 170 lbs
Chris Barnett vs. Martin Buday – 265 lbs
Jordan Leavitt vs. Trey Ogden – 155 lbs
Istela Nunes vs. Sam Hughes – 115 lbs
Heili Alateng vs. Kevin Croom – 135 lbs
As a recent graduate from Lewis-Clark State College with a B.S. in History, Bjorn first fell in love with mixed martial arts when he watched UFC 196. As a contributor for MyMMANews, Bjorn matches his love for MMA, history, and writing.