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UFC Vegas 18 loses main card bout at the last second

UFC Fight Night Overeem v Volkov: Weigh-Ins Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

UFC Vegas 18 will be down one main card fight later tonight (Sat., Feb. 6, 2021) live on ESPN+ from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a featherweight scrap between veteran Cody Stamann and Octagon newcomer Askar Askar has been scrapped.

According to a recent UFC press release, Askar was not medically cleared to compete. The bout has not been rescheduled as of now and there is no time to find Stamann a replacement opponent.

Stamann, who is coming off a decision loss to Jimmie Rivera back on July, was originally scheduled to fight streaking contender Merab Dvalishvili at this event. That was until Dvalishvili pulled out last month and was replaced by Andre Ewell, who was also forced out of UFC Vegas 18 earlier this week. Ewell was replaced by Askar, who would have been making his Octagon debut again Stamann, but now that fight has been canceled as well.

UFC Vegas 18 will now proceed with 12 total bouts. Check out the updated lineup below:

Main Card (ESPN+)
8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT

Alistair Overeem vs. Alexander Volkov
Cory Sandhagen vs. Frankie Edgar
Michael Johnson vs. Clay Guida
Alexandre Pantoja vs. Manel Kape
Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Beneil Dariush

‘Prelims’ Undercard (ESPN+)
5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT

Mike Rodriguez vs. Danilo Marques
Devonte Smith vs. Justin Jaynes
Karol Rosa vs. Joselyne Edwards
Molly McCann vs. Lara Procopio
Seung Woo Choi vs. Youssef Zalal
Timur Valiev vs. Martin Day
Ode Osbourne vs. Jerome Rivera will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Vegas 18 fight card RIGHT HERE, starting with the ESPN+ preliminary card bouts at 5 p.m. ET, followed by the ESPN+ main card start time at 8 p.m. ET.

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