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UFC 254 is decrease one of its main-card matchups.

Past UFC lightweight champion Rafael 2 Anjos announced Thursday upon Twitter that this individual is out of his / her scheduled fight with Islamic Makhachev because of a new positive test regarding COVID-19. UFC 254 is placed with regard to March. 24 around Abu Dhabi, United Arabic Emirates.

"COVID19 caught us major time and the medical doctors reduce me out, very well 2 Anjos wrote.

Dos Anjos also wrote that they left his house within California to exercise in his local The brand for this fight on popular Nova Uniao in Caudal de Janeiro in a effort to "restart" his career. But he's no regrets about his or her decision.

"I came to attempt my dream involving being a champ yet again, and that goal was initially achieved... none of this particular was throughout vain, very well dos Anjos wrote.

With Twitter, Makhachev made it clear they wanted to stay on the cards that may be headlined by way of his good friend and UFC lightweight safe bet Khabib Nurmagomedov, who will check out unify this title against temporary safe bet Justin Gaethje. Makhachev known as out new UFC signee and former Bellator safe bet Jordan Chandler, who may be established to be in Abu Dhabi as a back-up for Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje.

ufc (29-13) had been supposed to be getting back to lightweight for this event soon after dropping four connected with the past five fights on welterweight. Dos Anjos, 35, was the UFC lightweight champ in 2015 and 2016.

Makhachev (18-1), a 29-year-old from Dagestan, Russia, offers won six straight.