The planned UFC 256 headliner amongst twin-division winner Amanda Nunes and featherweight challenger Megan Anderson has been scrapped from the Dec. 12 combat card in Las Vegas.
Resources verified that Nunes was pressured out of the bout with an undisclosed injuries, adhering to an preliminary report by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
The injury is apparently one that Nunes is anticipated to get well from rather rapidly, as Anderson tweeted that the UFC is rescheduling the bout for early 2021.
Nunes vs. Anderson was anticipated to headline the UFC 256 battle card with a co-most important celebration that includes bantamweight titleholder Petr Yan generating the first defense of his belt versus Aljamain Sterling.
UFC 256 main event’s revolving doorway
UFC 256 was initially slated to characteristic a welterweight championship combat amongst champion Kamaru Usman and challenger Gilbert Burns. Nunes vs. Anderson was to serve as the co-principal celebration. Then the UFC hoped to ink Yan vs. Sterling to make its final 2020 pay-per-view a championship tripleheader.
Individuals ideas went awry when Usman indicated that he would not be prepared to fight on Dec. 12, citing the require for more time to recover from unspecified accidents.
Nunes vs. Anderson was then moved to key party position and Yan vs. Sterling signed to take the co-major event slot.
Now, with Nunes vs. Anderson at minimum delayed right until 2021, the advertising is remaining to figure out whether or not it will move Yan vs. Sterling into the headlining slot and/or try out to ink a further championship bout. But there are couple of, if any, championship selections remaining as the yr winds down.
UFC 255 is already slated to be a championship doubleheader with Deiveson Figueiredo defending the men’s flyweight title reverse Alex Perez in the headliner, and women’s flyweight winner Valentina Shevchenko envisioned to encounter Jennifer Maia in the UFC 255 co-key occasion.
Heavyweight winner Stipe Miocic, freshly minted gentle heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz, featherweight titleholder Alexander Volkanovski, and strawweight winner Zhang Weili are the only champions without the need of fights booked.
Miocic isn’t envisioned to combat again till 2021, probably defending in opposition to Francis Ngannou. Zhang was also not anticipating a bout until finally 2021 with the UFC working to match her with Rose Namajunas.
Volkanovski is probable to protect from Brian Ortega next, which might be a probability for 2020, nevertheless it has been most just lately qualified for February of 2021.
UFC president Dana White initially had planned for middleweight champion to go up and problem Blachowicz for the new titleholder’s very first protection. With Nunes now out and Glover Teixeira’s efficiency about the weekend and his recent winning streak, probably Teixeira could make a swift return to obstacle Blachowicz in December.
For now, however, the UFC has not commented on Nunes’s withdrawal or programs for a feasible substitute bout.