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

Original ULTIMATE FIGHTER CHAMPIONSHIPS lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos announced Thurs night in Twitter that this individual is out of the scheduled fight with Islamic Makhachev because of a positive test intended for COVID-19. UFC 254 is placed with regard to March. 24 throughout Abu Dhabi, United Arabic Emirates.

"COVID19 caught us huge time and the doctors slice me out, inches dos Anjos wrote.

De Anjos also wrote of which he left his home around California to train in his local South america for this fight at popular Nova Uniao inside Caudal de Janeiro within a effort to "restart" his career. But they have no regrets about his decision.

"I came for you to recover my dream connected with being a success once again, and that goal has been achieved... none of this was in vain, " dos Anjos wrote.

With Twitter, Makhachev made this clear he wanted to stay on the credit that is certainly headlined by means of the close friend and UFC light and portable success Khabib Nurmagomedov, which will look for unify typically the title against temporary champion Justin Gaethje. Makhachev referred to as out new ULTIMATE FIGHTER CHAMPIONSHIPS signee and former Bellator winner Erina Chandler, that is fixed to be in Abu Dhabi as a data backup for Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje.

ufc (29-13) was supposed to be returning to lightweight for this affair soon after dropping four involving his past five spats from welterweight. Dos Anjos, 35, was the UFC lightweight champion in 2015 and 2016.

Makhachev (18-1), a 29-year-old from Dagestan, Russia, provides won 6-8 straight.