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Islam Makhachev out of UFC Vegas 14 main event against Rafael dos Anjos

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***UPDATE: Makhachev has withdrawn due to Staph infection. Read his full statement HERE.

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Highly touted Dagestani fighter Islam Makhachev’s terrible 2020 continues with yet another canceled bout. This time it’s his UFC Vegas 14 main event against Rafael dos Anjos that was set to go down next week (Sat., Nov. 14, 2020) that has been scuttled.

The news was first reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. No reason has been given for the last minute cancelation, and UFC is currently looking for a replacement fighter to face dos Anjos, who is making his return to the 155-pound division after a four-year run at Welterweight that saw him go 4-4.

Dos Anjos is clearly angling to take on Michael Chandler, which would position him right back up at the top of the 155-pound division with a win. Chandler is currently being targeted for a Tony Ferguson fight by UFC, but that has proven to be somewhat difficult to sign. So who knows if dos Anjos vs. Chandler is a realistic possibility.

This is the second time Makhachev vs. dos Anjos has been undone. The two were originally set to scrap at UFC 254 on the Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje undercard, but a positive COVID-19 test for dos Anjos wrecked those plans. For weeks, reporters hounded UFC President, Dana White, regarding a replacement ... that never came.

Before that, a scheduled April bout against Alexander Hernandez was also canceled because of the initial worldwide COVID-19 lockdowns.

More news on this story as it’s available ...