MMA Odds and Ends for Tuesday: Alex Ricci signs with UFC and faces Jeremy Kennedy Saturday at UFC on FOX 21

Newcomer Alex Ricci steps in for Josh Emmett against Jeremy Kennedy Saturday at UFC on FOX 21 Canadian Alex Ricci will step up on short notice to face Jeremy Kennedy this Saturday at UFC on FOX 21. Ricci’s manager Chuck Wichert confirmed the news to MMAOddsBreaker earlier this morning. MMASucka initially broke the news of Ricci’s signing on Friday however his manager confirmed to MMAOddsBreaker later that evening that contract wasn’t 100% official at the time. Ricci (10-3) replaces the injured Josh Emmett and heads into this matchup a winner of three of his last four fights. He’s coming off a unanimous decision over Kieran Joblin at Triumph FC 1 back in April. His three losses are to Ryan Healy and UFC veterans  Jesse Ronson and Darrell Horcher. The 34-year old has been featured twice  here on MMAOddsBreaker including an interview before his fight Kyle Prepolec at Global Warriors FC 2  in May 2015. I also caught up with Ricci following his win over Prepolec at Global Warriors FC 2. Kennedy (8-0) will also be making his UFC debut this Saturday. The former Battlefield Fight League featherweight champion will step up to lightweight for the first time in his career. In eight career victories, the 23-year old B.C. native boasts five stoppages. If you missed it on MMAOddsBreaker earlier this week, I caught up with Kennedy prior to the Ricci replacement news. In addition UFC officials announced last night that Ning Guangyou vs. Marlon Vera has been scratched from Saturday card due to visa issues with Guangyou. UFC on FOX 21 takes place this Saturday from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Here’s an updated look at the card. Main Card: (FOX – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) Demian Maia (23-6) vs. Carlos Condit (30-8) Anthony Pettis (18-5) vs. Charles Oliveira (21-5, 1NC) Paige VanZant (6-2) vs. Bec Rawlings (7-4) Jim Miller (26-8 1NC) vs. Joe Lauzon (26-11) Preliminary Card (FOX – 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT) Sam Alvey (27-8, 1NC) vs. Kevin Casey (9-4-1, 2NC) Enrique Barzola (11-2-1) vs. Kyle Bochniak (6-1) Shane Campbell (12-5) vs. Felipe Silva (7-0) Jeremy Kennedy (8-0) vs. Alex Ricci (10-3) Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass – 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT) Chad Laprise (10-2) vs. Thibault Gouti (11-2) Garreth McLellan (13-4) vs. Alessio Di Chirico (9-1) Ryan Janes (8-1) vs. Adam Hunter (7-1)   UFC 202 salaries Conor McGregor: $3 million (no win bonus) def. Nate Diaz: $2 million Anthony Johnson: $270,000 (includes $135,000 win bonus) def. Glover Teixeira: $65,000 Donald Cerrone: $170,000 (includes $85,000 win bonus) def. Rick Story: $41,000 Mike Perry: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Hyun Gyu Lim: $18,000 Tim Means: $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus) def. Sabah Homasi: $12,000 Cody Garbrandt: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus) def. Takeya Mizugaki: $39,000 Raquel Pennington: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus) def. Elizabeth Phillips: $12,000 Artem Lobov: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus) def. Chris Avila: $10,000 Cortney Casey: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Randa Markos: $14,000 Lorenz Larkin: $78,000 (includes $39,000 win bonus) def. Neil Magny: $47,000 Colby Covington: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus) def. Max Griffin: $10,000 Marvin Vettori: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Alberto Uda: $10,000   Road to the Octagon: UFC on FOX 21      

Written by James Lynch

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