Melissa Gatto fights Tamires Vidal at UFC Fight Night 241 after Hailey Cowan suffers broken leg

The UFC Fight Night 241 lineup has been tweaked slightly.

With Hailey Cowan injured, Melissa Gatto moves to bantamweight to fight fellow Brazilian Tamires Vidal at the May 18 event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Two people with knowledge of the change recently informed MMA Junkie of the tweak but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement.

Update (5:45 p.m. ET): Cowan (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) revealed on social media after MMA Junkie’s report that she suffered a broken leg in training. Initially thought to be a rolled ankle, Cowan said an X-ray showed a displaced fracture of her fibula. She shared photos of her bruised leg.

Gatto (8-2-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) was scheduled to fight Victoria Dudakova at UFC on ESPN 54 on March 30. The bout was canceled moments prior to the scheduled walkouts due to an illness with Dudakova. Gatto has not previously competed at bantamweight in the UFC and will look to snap a two-fight skid.

After a flying knee knockout win in her promotional debut, Vidal (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) most recently competed in September when she lost a split decision to Montserrat Rendon. The defeat snapped a six-fight winning streak.

With the change, the UFC Fight Night 241 lineup includes:

  • Edson Barboza vs. Lerone Murphy

  • Angela Hill vs. Luana Pinheiro

  • Warlley Alves vs. Abus Magomedov

  • Vinicius Salvador vs. Adrian Yanez

  • Vanessa Demopoulos vs. Emily Ducote

  • Ramiz Brahimaj vs. Themba Gorimbo

  • Victor Martinez vs. Tom Nolan

  • Carlston Harris vs. Khaos Williams

  • Ariane Carnelossi vs. Piera Rodriguez

  • Rodolfo Bellato vs. Oumar Sy

  • Heili Alateng vs. Kleydson Rodrigues

  • Melissa Gatto vs. Tamires Vidal

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC Fight Night 241.

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