Saturday’s UFC Vegas 14 primary party is at the moment in disarray soon after Islam Makhachev was pressured out of his bout reverse former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.
Makhachev experienced to withdraw late Sunday simply because of a staph infection that he says has spread all through his struggle crew. News of his withdrawal was at first noted by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
“A ton of time and exertion was put in on this struggle. I was in peak condition, but as soon as I started out to eliminate bodyweight and the immune procedure commenced to weaken, I caught an an infection that would incapacitate me for at least a thirty day period. In this camp, our group experienced now encountered this an infection extra than at the time and lots of had to terminate their fights.
“This 12 months was tricky for my career. A lot of fights have been canceled, but I guarantee you I will go to the stop to get the belt, no matter what it costs me.”
Rafael dos Anjos calls out Michael Chandler to swap Makhachev
With Makhachev out of the battle, dos Anjos known as on former Bellator winner and new UFC signee Michael Chandler to fill the void.
“I would like Makhachev a speedy recovery,” wrote dos Anjos. “Looking for a new associate to dance. Seems like Michael Chandler is ready to go. Your move!”
Chandler, even so, didn’t look interested. He speedily responded to dos Anjos’s callout by declaring that he experienced other programs.
The UFC inked Chandler in September. The initial approach was to have him fight extremely regarded light-weight Tony Ferguson on the undercard of UFC 254, which featured Khabib Nurmagomedov placing his light-weight title on the line opposite Justin Gaethje. Chandler and Ferguson would serve as a back again-up in case both fighter fell out.
Ferguson didn’t agree to the struggle, so Chandler served as the lone back again-up to the major event with no a combat on the card. His expert services have been in the end not essential, as Nurmagomedov defeated Gaethje and then immediately retired.
The UFC has nonetheless been keen on a Chandler vs. Ferguson bout, so it is most likely that Chandler doesn’t want to battle on Saturday for the reason that he thinks a bout with Ferguson would be a a lot quicker route to a UFC title shot. Or, if Khabib continues to be retired, perhaps Chandler’s 1st UFC bout could be for a title or at least an interim belt.
Nonetheless, dos Anjos was not happy with Chandler’s refusal to struggle him on Saturday.
“If you do not take a combat simply because you do not have enough time to drop bodyweight, I get it, but really do not explain to me you have other strategies,” he wrote.
“I became the champion of the Greatest organization battling anyone they place in entrance of me. Disgrace on you.”
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