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Fighters make weight, UFC cancels bout anyway

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Jared Vanderaa successfully made weight for his UFC Vegas 44 showdown opposite Azamat Murzakanov, but was subsequently yanked from the card after failing his pre-fight medical exam.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) kicks off the New Year with a thrilling Featherweight contenders’ bout that will see No. 5-ranked Calvin Kattar take on No. 8-seeded Giga Chikadze inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Jan. 15, 2022. UFC Vegas 46’s reworked co-main event will feature a Heavyweight slobberknocker between Octagon veterans Jake Collier and Chase Sherman.

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That means Murzakanov, who previously watched his Philipe Lins fight go down in flames, will also hit the showers a day early. The UFC Vegas 44 fight card, taking place tomorrow night (Sat., Dec. 4, 2021) at APEX, will proceed with 14 fights.

Vanderaa (12-6) is looking to rebound from his technical knockout loss to Alexander Romanov last October. “The Mountain,” a product of Dana White’s “Contender Series,” is just 1-2 inside the Octagon, getting finished in both losses.

As for Murzakanov (10-0), who also graduated Dana White’s “Contender Series,” he’s likely to drop back down to light heavyweight for his UFC debut in early 2022, unless something crazy happens within the next two weeks and “The Professional” is asked to fill in.

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