A heavyweight bout originally set to go down at the UFC’s final pay-per-view event of 2020 has a new date in early 2021.
Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that the matchup between Sergey Spivak and Jared Vanderaa will now take place at the UFC’s event on Feb. 20. A location or venue has yet to be announced.
The fight was set to take place at UFC 256 but was removed just days before the PPV event due to Vanderaa testing positive for COVID-19.
Spivak has flip-flopped wins and losses since signing with the UFC in May 2019. “Polar Bear” was finished by Walt Harris in the first round of his short notice octagon debut before submitting Tai Tuivasa at UFC 243 to earn his first promotional win. The 25-year-old would go on to lose a unanimous decision against Marcin Tybura in February, and then bounced back with a decision win of his own over Carlos Felipe in July.
Vanderaa enters the fight on the heels of a first-round TKO win over Harry Hunsucker at DWCS Season 4: Week 8. “The Mountain” has won back-to-back fights, and five out of six to set up the octagon debut for the Team Quest standout.
As of now, the promotion has yet to reveal a headliner for the Feb. 20 fight card.