UFC Vegas 46 — which is set to go down this weekend (Sat., Jan. 15, 2022) inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada — has undergone several changes (details here and here) since the original line up was announced. It’s not exactly the way the promotion wanted to kickoff 2022.
But hey, what else is new?
The latest change to the line up (per Ariel Helwani) is a Lightweight bout that was originally set to be contested between T.J. Brown and Gabriel Benitez. After Benitez was forced out because of undisclosed health reasons, the promotion enlisted the services of Charles Rosa to help fill the void on short notice.
Rosa is hoping to bounce back after suffering a loss to Damon Jackson in his last outing in Oct. 2021. Since making his UFC debut, Rosa has alternated wins and losses over his first 11 fights with the promotion.
As for Brown, he snapped his two-fight skid with a split-decision win over Kai Kamaka III in May 2021, which was his first official win inside the eight-walled cage after coming up short against Jordan Griffin and Danny Chavez.
UFC Vegas 46 will feature a pivotal Featherweight bout between top contenders Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze. In the co-headlining act — which also underwent a last-minute change — Katlyn Chookagian will lock horns with Jennifer Maia in women’s Flyweight action.
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