After Rafael dos Anjos tested positive for COVID-19, he was forced to withdraw from his planned fight against Islam Makhachev, which was scheduled to take place at UFC 254 on October 24, 2020 on Yas Island, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The hope was to keep Makhachev on the card, but after days of the past the promotion has not been able to find a suitable replacement in such a short time. As for facing him against the former 155-pound Bellator MMA champion, Michael Chandler, UFC president Dana White, says that won’t happen.
“No, because I need Chandler. I need him and we have other plans for him. If he doesn’t have to intervene, we have other plans ”, White told Kevin Iole.
White went on to say that Chandler is currently going through the weight reduction process in case he has to step in for Khabib Nurmagomedov or Justin Gaethje, who are expected to be in a title unification fight at UFC 254.
As far as Tony Ferguson is concerned, this is another option that will not be lit green despite Ali Abdelaziz’s best efforts to convince “El Cucuy” to face his client, going up to $ 200,000.
can-of-wine carrot in front of him.
“Hey, Ali can pump everyone’s check if he wants to. I like it, it’s good to be rich, that Khabib money, ”White said with a laugh. “No, I haven’t talked to Tony but our guys did. But we wouldn’t let Ali put money in, see what I mean, we wouldn’t let that happen, just kidding.
Ultimately, White says Makhachev is unlikely to fight on “Fight Island”.