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Midnight Mania! Yair Rodriguez withdraws from Zabit Magomedsharipov fight due to injury

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Some things just are not meant to be.

UFC has tried to book Yair Rodriguez and Zabit Magomedsharipov to fight several times previously, and why not? The two Featherweight contenders are young, proven action-fighters, and would likely flip and spin all over the cage. It’s guaranteed entertainment ... assuming both fighters make it to the cage.

Unfortunately, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reported that Rodriguez was forced to withdraw due to an ankle injury. In addition, Calvin Kattar has thrown his hat in the ring as possible replacement.

Rodriguez’s injury is unfortunately going to come under scrutiny. Back in 2018 at UFC 227 when the two were first paired up, Rodriguez was briefly released from the UFC roster for declining the fight. Since then, fans have accused Rodriguez of ducking Zabit, and this withdrawal will only add fuel to that fire. Plus, this is the second time Rodriguez pulled out of a fight with Magomedsharipov due to injury.

With Rodriguez injured, who will fight Zabit on August 29th? Calvin Kattar is not a bad option, as he’s a top contender coming off a main event win, but he’s also Magomedsharipov’s most recent victory. If UFC wants a fresh match up, either Chan Sung Jung or Brian Ortega would make the most sense, though Jung is seemingly stuck in South Korea due to COVID-19.

Stay tuned for more updates on Zabit Magomedsharipov’s next opponent, as well as card info for the August 29 event.


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