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Midnight Mania! Stephen Thompson vs. Michel Pereira scratched off UFC 289, delayed to July

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It’s been just a handful of hours since UFC 289, scheduled for June 10, 2023, inside Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, was majorly shaken up. The headlining bout was scheduled to be Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Pena 3, but an injured “Venezuelan Vixen” resulted in a major opportunity for Irene Aldana, who will fight for the belt rather than headline a “Fight Night” event opposite Raquel Pennington.

The bad news continues to flow, as broke the news that Stephan Thompson vs. Michel Pereira has been canceled off the UFC 289 card. Per the report, contracts were never sent to the athletes, and the bout is expected to be delayed until July.

No reason was provided for the delay.

Thompson vs. Pereira was, quite simply, one of the very best fights booked on the card. “Wonderboy” recently returned to the win column with a wildly entertaining win opposite Kevin Holland, whereas Pereira has won five-straight fights to break into the rankings.

Here’s the latest UFC 289 card, which now has 13 fights booked:

135 lbs.: (C)Amanda Nunes vs. Irene Aldana
155 lbs.: Charles Oliveira vs. Beneil Dariush
170 lbs.: Mike Malott vs. Adam Fugitt
145 lbs.: Dan Ige vs. Nate Landwehr
205 lbs.: Khalil Rountree Jr. vs. Chris Daukaus
145 lbs.: Kyle Nelson vs. Blake Bilder
185 lbs.: Nassourdine Imavov vs. Chris Curtis
185 lbs.: Marc-Andre Barriault vs. Eryk Anders
125 lbs.: Matt Schnell vs. David Dvorak
145 lbs.: Hakeem Dawodu vs. Lucas Almeida
125 lbs.: Miranda Maverick vs. Jasmine Jasudavicius
135 lbs.: Aiemann Zahabi vs. Aoriqileng
115 lbs.: Diana Belbita vs. Maria Oliveira

Does this look like an event worth your $80?

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OCTAGON RETURNS TO THE GREAT WHITE NORTH! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Canada for the first time in almost four years when it hosts UFC 289 inside Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sat., June 10, 2023. In UFC 289’s pay-per-view (PPV) main event, women’s Bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes, will lock horns with No. 5-ranked 135-pound contender, Irene Aldana, while former Lightweight kingpin and current No. 1-seeded contender, Charles Oliveira, battles No. 4-ranked Beneil Dariush in the co-feature with 155-pound title implications on the line.

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