Antonio Trocoli, out of UFC 282, is released; Ovince Saint Preux sought to replace him


Ovince Saint Preux needs a new opponent to fight in Saturday’s UFC 282 in Las Vegas. This is after Antonio Trocoli, who was forced from the card because of visa issues. Multiple people familiar with the matter told MMA Fighting.

Trocoli was also released from the promotion after being pulled from the lineup, MMA Fighting has learned. UFC will be actively searching for a replacement within days.

Trocoli (12-3, 1 no contest) was set to make his octagon debut after scoring a first-round finish in Brazil in 2021, over two years after a troubled appearance on Dana White‘s Contender Series. Trocoli was awarded a contract after stopping Kenneth Bergh that night, but then failed a doping test for nandrolone.

Saint Preux (26-16) is now hoping to get a fourth different opponent for UFC 282 at the T-Mobile Arena. The 39-year-old veteran was originally scheduled to meet Alexander Gustafsson, but then had fizzled match-ups with Brazilian light heavyweights Philipe Lins and Trocoli.

UFC 282 live broadcast on Pay-Per-View and will feature Jan Blachowicz taking on Magomed Ankalaev in the race for vacant 205-pound title.

Damon Martin was a contributor to this report.