Rafael dos Anjos vs. Islam Makhachev is off – once more.
After a number of failed earlier bookings between the light-weight contenders, the promotion tried once more for UFC 267 on Oct. 30. A bit greater than a month out, although, the struggle has fallen aside.
MMA Junkie verified with Makhachev’s (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) supervisor, Ali Abdelaziz of Dominance MMA, that the fighter is in want of a brand new opponent after dos Anjos (31-13 MMA, 19-11 UFC) was compelled to withdrawal from the competition.
The affirmation got here after the pair exchanged some messages on social media indicating the struggle was off, with dos Anjos stating he has a “terribly damage” (by way of Twitter):
— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) September 26, 2021
Do you actually suppose I might pretend a surgical procedure? Popping out of one other horrible damage. In contrast to you I’ve a household that will depend on me and I don’t have one other man paying my payments. https://t.co/PDvQ2rhZsq
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) September 26, 2021
Abdelaziz informed MMA Junkie that his two most popular candidates to exchange dos Anjos could be Tony Ferguson, who’s within the midst of a three-fight shedding skid, or Dan Hooker, who’s coming off a unanimous resolution win over Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 266 on Saturday.
It’s unknown right now if both of these fights are real looking, however Makhachev, who has gained his previous eight fights, isn’t any stranger to having problem getting fights.
The struggle between Makhachev and dos Anjos was initially scheduled for September 2020, however dos Anjos caught COVID-19. It was rescheduled for November, however then Makhachev caught COVID-19 and it was canceled once more.