UFC Vegas 14’s main event is now off after Islam Makhachev has withdrawn from the fight for a second time.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported the news.
Breaking: Islam Makhachev (@MAKHACHEVMMA) out of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night main event, per sources. UFC looking for a short-notice replacement to face Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) on Saturday.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 8, 2020
Makhachev vs. Dos Anjos was originally planned to be part of UFC 254. That ended up falling through after the latter tested positive for COVID-19.
According to sources, the Dagestan native is injured and RDA has wished him a speedy recovery.
I wish @MAKHACHEVMMA a speed recovery. Looking for a new partner to dance. Looks like @MikeChandlerMMA is ready to go. Your move!
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) November 9, 2020
The former lightweight champion said he’d love to fight the newcomer Michael Chandler. The former Bellator champ is yet to make his debut in UFC.