Former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos has again pulled out of his fight against Islam Makhachev at UFC 267. The duo was first scheduled to fight at UFC 254 in October 2020. But Dos Anjos tested positive for Covid-19 and the fight was scrapped off the event. the fight was rescheduled for November 14, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Islam vs. dos Anjos. But this time around it was Islam who had to pull out due to an injury and was replaced by Paul Felder. Rafael dos Anjos went on to win the fight via decision. Now the fight was targeted for the third time but seems like the fight is cursed and it won’t be taking place this time around too.
The news was put that Rafael dos Anjos has pulled out of the fight due to an injury he suffered. The news was later confirmed by the duo itself as they took shots at each other on Twitter.
— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) September 26, 2021
“@RdosAnjosMMA I don’t believe that you’re injured.., again #chickenfever”
Do you really think I would fake a surgery? Coming out of another terrible injury. Unlike you I have a family that depends on me and I don’t have another man paying my bills. https://t.co/PDvQ2rhZsq
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) September 26, 2021
“Dos Anjos: Do you really think I would fake a surgery? Coming out of another terrible injury. Unlike you I have a family that depends on me and I don’t have another man paying my bills.”
MMAjunkie.com’s John Morgan then confirmed the news, and then also revealed that the UFC and Islam’s management is looking for a new opponent and the names in contention for replacement are Tony Ferguson and Dan Hooker.
Ali said the UFC is working on it, but he personally believes Tony Ferguson and Dan Hooker are the only two viable options at the moment in terms of ranking and readiness. https://t.co/B3jt2hUDGt
— John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) September 26, 2021
“Spoke with @AliAbdelaziz00, who confirmed Islam Makhachev is in need of a new opponent for #UFC267. Ali said the UFC is working on it, but he personally believes Tony Ferguson and Dan Hooker are the only two viable options at the moment in terms of ranking and readiness.”
Islam Makhachev vs Rafael Dos Anjos fight falls for the third time
UFC over the years has seen many fights that were scheduled to take place several times but couldn’t make it through. This fight between Islam Makhachev and Rafael Dos Anjos seems one of them. Just like this Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson was one such fight that was targeted 5 times in 8 years yet it always fell through. Recently Yair Rodriguez vs Zabit is also one such fight.
Now the UFC will be looking to get a good quick replacement for the tough challenge of Islam Makhachev who is riding an amazing momentum in the division and is the next big thing in the lightweight category and plans to take the belt since his teammate, former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov retired.
Rafael Dos Anjos will look to get back from the injury quickly and get a fight as he wants to keep his wants to keep winning in the lightweight category. He is 2-4 in his last six fights. On the other hand, Islam Makhachev is on a fearsome 8 fight winning streak and will be looking forward to extends it against his quick replacement fight.
UFC 267 is going to be a non-pay-per-view event in the United States for the first time since UFC 138 in 2011. The card is going to be headlined by the light-heavyweight championship fight between the champ Jan Blachowicz against the challenger Glover Teixeira. In the co-main event, Aljamain sterling was supposed to defend his bantamweight title against Petr Yan but Sterling has now pulled out of the fight and UFC is looking for a replacement to fight Petr Yan.
UFC 267 lineup :
- Jan Blachowicz vs. Glover Teixeira – for the light heavyweight title
- Petr Yan vs. opponent TBA
- Magomed Ankalaev vs. Volkan Oezdemir
- Islam Makhachev vs. opponent TBA
- Marcin Tybura vs. Alexander Volkov
- Khamzat Chimaev vs. Li Jingliang
- Shamil Gamzatov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
- Virna Jandiroba vs. Amanda Ribas
- Ricardo Ramos vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
- Damir Ismagulov vs. Magomed Mustafaev
- Makwan Amirkhani vs. opponent TBA
- Alen Amedovski vs. Hu Yaozong
- Allan Nascimento vs. Tagir Ulanbekov
- Albert Duraev vs. Roman Kopylov
- Walt Harris vs. Tai Tuivasa
- Rafael dos Anjos vs Islam Makhachev Fight canceled
- Islam Makhachev needs a new opponent
- UFC 267 card
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