As expected, Casey Kenney is getting his UFC shot, though maybe not in the way he expected.
The 26-year-old Legacy Fighting Alliance star has stepped in on less than one week’s notice for Kyler Phillips to fight Ray Borg (11-3) at UFC on ESPN 2 this Saturday at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, officials announced Tuesday.
Phillips himself was a replacement for an injured Pingyuan Liu. The reason for Phillips’s withdrawal was not disclosed.
Kenney (11-1-1) had all but called his shot last week ahead of his main event bout with Vincent Cachero last Friday, which was for an interim bantamweight title. Already the LFA interim flyweight champion, Kenney became the first fighter in that promotion’s history to hold two belts simultaneously after defeating Cachero with a vicious first-round KO.
Official Results: Kenney def. Cachero via KO at 1:38 into Round 1. pic.twitter.com/0nayEn9BTe— AXS TV Fights (@AXSTVFights) March 23, 2019
Oddly, prior to that bout, Kenney was already ranked No. 15 in the UFC’s official flyweight rankings.
UFC on ESPN 2 will be headlined by a lightweight bout between Edson Barboza and Justin Gaethje, with the main card airing on live on ESPN this Saturday.