Taleb (14-6-0) will enter the contest while in the midst of a two fight losing streak, dropping bouts to the duo of Sean Strickland and Claudio Henrique Da Silva. Taleb hasn’t win a fight in well over a year, with his last victory coming back at UFC On Fox 26 in December of 2017. Taleb competed on the UFC Ultimate Fighter 19, losing in the opening round of the reality show to Mike King.
Prepolec (12-5-0) is going to be making his UFC debut in this bout and does so on the strength of a two fight winning streak. Prepolec is coming off arguably the biggest win of his professional MMA career, defeating UFC veteran Cody Pfister at BTC Fight Promotions 5. Prepolec is a former Triple X Cagefighting Lightweight Champion, defeating Adrian Hadribeaj to win the gold.
UFC Fight Night Ottawa takes place on Saturday, May 4 from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with Al Iaquinta and Donald Cerrone headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on ESPN+.