The company was quick to find Kape a new opponent after Kai Kara-France withdrew from the Sept. 9 card in Sydney, Australia, recruiting Brazilian newcomer Felipe dos Santos, multiple people with knowledge of the situation told MMA Fighting. Both sides have agreed but contracts are yet to be signed.
Dos Santos, a teammate of Charles Oliveira at Chute Boxe Diego Lima with a professional MMA record of 7-0 with one no-contest, was scheduled to face Luciano Pereira at Tuesday’s edition of Dana White’s Contender Series but saw his opponent withdrew due to medical issues.
Kape (18-6) is a former RIZIN champion who has dealt with difficulties getting match-ups in the UFC over the past few years with cancelled bouts against top-ranked opponents Deiveson Figueiredo, Alex Perez, and now Kara-France.
Damon Martin contributed to this report.