New year, same problems ...
The first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) card of 2022 has already suffered a setback as MMA Junkie reports that Abdul Razak Alhassan has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Joaquin Buckley — which was set for UFC Vegas 46 on Jan. 15, 2022 — for undisclosed reasons.
The promotion has opted to not match up Buckley against someone else on short notice, which means the bout could be rebooked for a later date.
Buckley is coming off a huge knockout win over Antonio Arroyo in Sept. 2021 (see it here), getting back on track after losing to Alessio Di Chirico via a first-round knockout earlier in the year. As for Alhassan, he was also eyeing his second straight win after knocking out the aforementioned Di Chirico in just 17 seconds four months ago.
UFC Vegas 46 will be headlined by a pivotal Featherweight bout as Giga Chikadze goes for his tenth straight win when he battles Calvin Kattar, who is looking to bounce back from his one-sided defeat at the hands of Max Holloway one year ago on “Fight Island.”