Islam Makhachev has been forced out of the major struggle of his profession, and now the UFC demands a new most important function on Saturday.
According to ESPN, Makhachev has been compelled to withdraw from his lightweight headliner vs. Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Combat Evening 182, which takes place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas and streams on ESPN+.
The report cited an “undisclosed injury” as the motive powering Makhachev’s (18-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) elimination from the card. His workforce did not quickly reply to MMA Junkie’s ask for for affirmation.
The marketing is at this time trying to get a new opponent for dos Anjos (30-13 MMA, 18-11 UFC) on just 6 days’ recognize.
Dos Anjos is intended to return to lightweight for the initially time because a November 2016 reduction to Tony Ferguson. The Brazilian commenced out his welterweight tenure at 3-, but has considering the fact that dropped four of his past five, with his lone acquire coming above Kevin Lee. If he can obtain a new opponent, dos Anjos will return to his original fat course, exactly where he has not won given that December 2015.
The matchup amongst dos Anjos and Makhachev has now been named off 2 times. The pair ended up originally scheduled to fulfill at UFC 254 in Oct, but dos Anjos analyzed optimistic for COVID-19 and was unable to contend.
Shortly soon after the news broke, dos Anjos called on previous Bellator winner Michael Chandler to step in as a replacement (by way of Twitter):
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) November 9, 2020
I would like @MAKHACHEVMMA a speed recovery. Wanting for a new spouse to dance. Seems like @MikeChandlerMMA is ready to go. Your move!
The most current UFC Combat Night time 182 lineup now includes:
Most important CARD (ESPN+, 7 p.m. ET)
- Rafael dos Anjos vs. opponent TBA
- Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Khaos Williams
- Julian Marquez vs. Saparbek Safarov
- Eryk Anders vs. Antonio Arroyo
- Daniel Rodriguez vs. opponent TBA
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 4 p.m. ET)
- Kay Hansen vs. Cory McKenna
- Miranda Granger vs. Ashley Yoder
- Alex Morono vs. Rhys McKee
- Louis Smolka vs. Jose Quinonez
- Randa Markos vs. Kanako Murata
- Geraldo de Freitas vs. Tony Gravely
- Don’Tale Mayes vs. Roque Martinez