Mature UFC mild-weight champion Rafael dos Anjos on Thursday launched he’s examined obvious for COVID-19 and received’t be ready to fight Islam Makhachev at UFC 254.
In an announcement posted to Instagram, the ex-champ wrote he caught the virus “gigantic time” after relocating to his native Brazil to practice with the renowned Nova Uniao personnel. The bout turned into once the final on his present contract with the UFC.
With roughly two weeks closing till the Oct. 24 match, it’s unclear whether or not Makhachev will receive a brand unique opponent. The UFC and Makhachev’s score didn’t true now return a requirement for commentary.
Brazil remains a world hotspot for the virus with over 5 million cases and roughly 148,000 deaths.
Dos Anjos within the starting set sought a rematch with Anthony Pettis, or a fight with Stephen Thompson or Santiago Ponzinibbio. As a exchange, he turned into once paired with Makhachev, a coaching partner of his old foe and present mild-weight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov. Makhachev is for the time being on a six-fight seize roam and, just like the champ, fights at mild-weight, a division dos Anjos acknowledged turned into once in his past after a lot of horrific weight cuts.
Makhachev later took to Twitter to propose a brand unique opponent, Michael Chandler, who’s for the time being on deck as a exchange in case of a dropout in UFC 254’s headliner between Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.