Santiago Ponzinibbio is once yet again remaining without the need of a fight (for now) soon after his opponent, Muslim Salikhov, was forced to withdraw from their scheduled Welterweight showdown, established for Jan. 16, 2021 in Abu Dhabi.
Soon after announcing his withdrawal on social media, MMA Fighting obtained word that Salikhov bowed out due to well being factors which stem from his good COVID-19 prognosis a handful of months again.
In October, Salikhov withdrew from his scheduled bout towards Claudio Silva, which was intended to go down at UFC Combat Island 6. As a end result, James Krause stepped in and took the battle and wound up profitable a unanimous determination.
As for Ponzinibbio, the advertising continue to has loads of time to discover a acceptable alternative for the 170-pound standout given that the ESPN+-streamed event is still one particular thirty day period away. Santiago — who is at present the happy operator of a very-remarkable 7 battle get streak, has not competed in about two yrs.
The UFC “Fight Night” party is established to aspect a Featherweight matchup between former division champion, Max Holloway, getting on Calvin Kattar.