Surging featherweight contender Zabit Magomedsharipov has been forced out of his co-main event clash with Calvin Kattar at UFC on ESPN 6 on Oct. 18 in Boston, Mass., for undisclosed reasons, per a recent report by MMA Junkie.
UFC official have yet to confirm the news, but the featherweight clash is expected to be re-booked for a future event.
Magomedsharipov, 28, has won all five of his Octagon appearances to date, including a recent decision win over UFC veteran Jeremy Stephens. The towering Russian fighter has looked extremely dominant since making his promotional debut just two years ago and was hoping to parlay a victory over Kattar into a No. 1 contender’s bout at 145 pounds. After all, “ZaBeast” is 17-1 in his professional career and has already captured three post-fight bonuses during his UFC tenure.
If UFC is unable to re-book this featherweight affair it’s certainly going to hurt Kattar. The Boston native would obviously love to stay on the UFC on ESPN 6 card to fight in front of his hometown, but having the chance to take out a contender like Magomedsharipov would do wonders for Kattar’s own title hopes. If Kattar can hold out and wait for Zabit to return it would probably be in his best interest.
UFC on ESPN 6 will be headlined by a light heavyweight clash between former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and rising contender Dominick Reyes.
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