Out-of-control COVID spread is slowly grinding society to a halt again, and that includes damage done to the UFC’s weekly fight cards.

But there’s that sweet, sweet ESPN money to grab, dammit, and a quota of annual fight cards to fulfill, so the UFC’s show must go on.

The promotion returns to the UFC Apex on Saturday for UFC on ESPN 19. For the third time in the past four events, a positive COVID-19 diagnosis has forced a main event change. This time, middleweight Kevin Holland had to drop out after contracting the virus, and he’ll be replaced by first-time UFC headliner Marvin Vettori in his matchup with Jack Hermansson.

Beyond that, there are plenty of fights, but not much in the way of star power.  But we’ve noted this several cards in a row, and each of these cards have delivered solid action, so we’re willing to bet the card delivers bang for your buck once again.

UFC on ESPN 19 airs on ESPN2 and streams on ESPN+.

Without further ado, then, here are five burning questions heading into UFC on ESPN 19.

Can Jack Hermansson make a definitive statement?

Sep 28, 2019; Copenhagen, DEN; Jack Hermansson (red gloves) fights Jared Cannonier (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Royal Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, Anthony Smith found himself elevated into the main event position of UFC on ESPN 18 and in need of a statement win. “Lionheart” did exactly what he needed and finished Devin Clark in short order.

While the situation is a little different, Hermansson (21-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) nonetheless also finds himself also in a spot in which a strong statement seems necessary. Vettori (15-3-1 MMA, 5-2-1 UFC) is on a three-fight winning streak, but he’s best known for losing to Israel Adesanya on his way up and is not yet name-checked on the list of middleweight contenders.

“The Joker” has won five of six and is coming off a fast finish of Kelvin Gastelum last time out on April 19. Hermansson is just outside the conversation about who deserves a shot at Adesanya’s belt, and the only way he can bolster his argument given the circumstances is to put on another swift and impressive show.

Can Marvin Vettori capitalize on his biggest opportunity?

Oct 12, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; Marvin Vettori (red gloves) fights Andrew Sanchez (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Perhaps you best remember Vettori for being the competitor who has given Adesanya the closest fight of his UFC tenure, a split decision in April 2018.

If you haven’t been paying close attention, though, you might not know he hasn’t lost a fight since.

Vettori has won three straight, and the Adesanya loss remains his only defeat in his past seven fights. Last time out, Vettori earned a first-round submission of Karl Roberson and got his first career “Performance of the Night” bonus to go with it.

Stepping up on short notice to fight Hermansson is the sort of boldness UFC president Dana White favors, and a rare chance to steal a main event spotlight on ESPN. Vettori will never have a better opportunity to force his way into the picture than this.

How will Jamahal Hill respond to a major leap in competition?

Jan 25, 2020; Raleigh, NC, USA; Jamahal Hill (red gloves) and Darko Stosic (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Ovince Saint Preux is by far the biggest and most experienced of the two names in the co-feature light heavyweight bout.

But there really aren’t any burning questions for Saint Preux (25-14 MMA, 13-9 UFC) going into his matchup with Jamahal Hill that are different than the questions we’ve asked of every name fighter who have found themselves facing a lesser-known foe in this jigsaw puzzle of a pandemic schedule.

So let’s focus on Hill, instead. There’s taking a jump, and then there’s what Hill is attempting: Just 16 months removed from Dana White’s Contender Series, Hill (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will take on a competitor with nearly five times as many career fights and who once went the distance with Jon Jones.

That’s a big jump over Darko Stosic and Klidson Abreu, his UFC foes to date. But Hill has shown a well-rounded striking game, a finisher’s touch and cage intelligence that belies his lack of experience.

Is Hill the underdog here? Sure. But you don’t get to the top if you don’t take opportunities when they arise.

Is this a make-or-break fight for Montana De La Rosa?

Feb 15, 2020; Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA; Montana De La Rosa (red) fights Mara Romero Borella (blue) in the women’s flyweight bout during UFC Fight Night at Santa Ana Star Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Montana De La Rosa has long seemed on the cusp of something in the women’s flyweight division. De La Rosa (11-6 MMA, 4-2 UFC) made it to the semifinals on Season 26 of “The Ultimate Fighter” before losing to eventual champion Nicco Montano. Then she won three in a row, all by submission, and four of five, and all of a sudden seemed to be on track for a shot a Valentina Shevchenko.

But a surprisingly listless performance in a loss to Viviane Araujo made two losses in three for De La Rosa, and she’s got a real up-and-comer on her hands Saturday in Taila Santos (16-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC).

Even in a division like women’s flyweight, which does not have the company’s deepest talent pool, a fighter reaches a moment of truth in her career where it becomes obvious she’s a real contender or she’s not. De La Rosa has reached that point. Which way will she go?

Is Mosvar Evloev the real deal?

Oct 26, 2019; Singapore, SINGAPORE; Enrique Barzola (red gloves) fights Movsar Evloev (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Arena. Mandatory Credit: Paul Miller-USA TODAY Sports

Thirteen fights, 13 wins. An outstanding wrestler, Mosvar Evloevhas been one difficult riddle for opponents to solve.

That was true in M-1 Global, where he was bantamweight champion, and has continued in the UFC, where he’s grinded his way to three straight decision wins at featherweight.

Saturday, Evloev (13-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) will compete in the United States for the first time when he takes on Nate Landwehr (14-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in the main card opener. While a return to the finishing form he displayed before joining the UFC roster wouldn’t hurt his cause, a fourth straight victory, regardless of which way he achieves it, will add another notch to his belt and invite a better level of competition as he climbs the ladder.