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Harry Hunsucker has stepped up.
Two people with knowledge of the matchup informed MMA Junkie of the booking Wednesday but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement.
Hunsucker, 32, competed on Dana White’s Contender Series, Season 4, in November. He lost to Jared Vanderaa via first-round TKO. In February, he defeated Cory Moon via first-round TKO at HR MMA 119.
Tuivasa (10-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) most recently competed at UFC 254 in October when he snapped a three-fight losing skid with a first-round knockout of Stefan Struve.
UFC on ESPN 21 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The main card airs on ESPN following prelims on ESPN2.
MAIN CARD (ESPN, 10 p.m. ET)
Derek Brunson vs. Kevin Holland
Gregor Gillespie vs. Brad Riddell
Harry Hunsucker vs. Tai Tuivasa
Gustavo Lopez vs. Adrian Yanez
Max Griffin vs. Song Kenan
Cheyanne Buys vs. Montserrat Ruiz
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET)
Macy Chiasson vs. Marion Reneau
Grant Dawson vs. Leonardo Santos
Roman Dolidze vs. Trevin Giles
Montel Jackson vs. Jesse Strader
Julia Avila vs. Julija Stoliarenko
J.P. Buys vs. Bruno Silva
Anthony Birchak vs. Johnny Eduardo