With Rafael dos Anjos out, Islam Makhachev won't compete at UFC 254
Islam Makhachev won’t be fighting this month.
The UFC was unable to find the lightweight competitor a short-notice replacement opponent for UFC 254 on Oct. 24 in Abu Dhabi. Yahoo Sports broke the news Thursday.
Makhachev (18-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) was scheduled to fight former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, but last week the Brazilian was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a positive COVID-19 test.
Makhachev last fought in September 2019 at UFC 242 where he outpointed Davi Ramos. The American Kickboxing Academy product is currently on a six-fight winning streak. His lone defeat came in 2015 to Adriano Martins.
Makhachev is ranked No. 12 in the UFC’s official lightweight rankings.
Below is the updated UFC 254 lineup:Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje Jared Cannonier vs. Robert Whittaker Walt Harris vs. Alexander Volkov Cynthia Calvillo vs. Lauren Murphy Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba Phil Hawes vs. Jacob Malkoun Stefan Struve vs. Tai Tuivasa Alex Oliveira vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov Sam Alvey vs. Da Un Jung Liana Jojua vs. Miranda Maverick Casey Kenney vs. Nathaniel Wood Sergey Morozov vs. Umar Nurmagomedov Joel Alvarez vs. Alexander Yakovlev