Tecia Torres has a dance partner for Saturday night.
The UFC strawweight veteran will take on newcomer Sam Hughes in a preliminary card bout at UFC 256 from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The promotion announced the news Tuesday.
Torres (11-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) was scheduled to meet Angela Hill in a rematch, but the bout was scrapped on Monday after Hill tested positive for COVID-19. The “Tiny Tornado” looks to follow up on a dominant decision win over former Invicta FC champ Brianna Van Buren back in June. The victory snapped a four fight losing streak for Torres.
Torres’ new opponent, Hughes (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), gets a shot at the big leagues after starting her professional MMA career in 2019. Hughes is a former LFA title challenger. She’s coming off a submission win over Danielle Hindley at LFA 93 back in October.
With the addition, here’s the updated lineup for UFC 256:
Main Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET
- Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno
- Tony Ferguson vs. Charles Oliveira
- Rafael Fiziev vs. Renato Moicano
- Kevin Holland vs. Ronaldo Souza
- Junior Dos Santos vs. Ciryl Gane
Preliminary ESPN2, ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET
- Daniel Pineda vs. Cub Swanson
- Mackenzie Dern vs. Virna Jandiroba
- Billy Quarantillo vs. Gavin Tucker
- Tecia Torres vs. Sam Hughes
Preliminary ESPN+, 6:30 p.m. ET
- Serghei Spivac vs. Jared Vanderaa
- Peter Barrett vs. Chase Hooper