Ludovit Klein in for Nate Landwehr Against Shane Young at UFC 253

By Jay Pettry Sep 17, 2020

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The upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view card has undergone a sudden change on a preliminary match.

On Thursday, Ludovit Klein (16-2) announced on his Instagram page that he will be making his promotional debut at UFC 253 on Sept. 26. MMA Junkie then reported that Klein will be stepping in for Nate Landwehr after Landwehr tested positive for COVID-19. Klein will be facing Shane Young (13-4) at featherweight on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

According to Klein, he would be the first fighter from Slovakia to ever compete inside the Octagon. Since a 2017 loss in Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, Klein has rattled off seven victories including six finishes. His last win came against former UFC vet Lukasz Sajewski, where Klein smashed Sajewski in under four minutes at an Oktagon MMA event in February.

New Zealand’s Young will be looking to advance his UFC win streak to three against the short-notice newcomer. Since dropping his debut to current champ Alexander Volkanovski in 2017, Young has only competed once per year. The Kiwi rebounded from that setback with a pair of wins over Rolando Dy and Austin Arnett. This will be Young’s first fight in over 20 months.

UFC 253 brings the promotion back to “Fight Island” on Sept. 26, where it will be headlined by a middleweight championship battle between unbeatens as Israel Adesanya looks to defend his throne against Paulo Henrique Costa. The co-main event draws another title fight as Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz scrap for the vacant light heavyweight throne.

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