UFC 289, which takes place this weekend (Sat., June 10, 2023) inside Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has taken another hit, losing a Light Heavyweight tilt between Khalil Rountree vs. Chris Daukaus.
The reason for the removal is still a bit cloudy: MMA Junkie broke the news and cited an injury to Daukaus as the reason. But, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck spoke to sources close to Daukaus who said there was no injury and the fight is being rescheduled for a later date.
Daukaus was looking to make his 205-pound debut after a rough three-fight losing streak, with all three coming via knockout. Rountree, on the other hand, is riding a three-fight win streak, two of which came via technical knockout.
UFC 289 has taken a couple of tough hits as it winds toward showtime. Women’s Bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes, was originally set to face Julianna Pena for the third time in a row, but a Pena injury resulted in Irene Aldana being subbed in. We’d argue that’s actually a more interesting fight, but Pena is better known and was the first fighter to beat “The Lioness” in seven years.
The pay-per-view (PPV) card also lost Stephen Thompson vs. Michel Pereira under strange circumstances as well. Reportedly, contracts for the fight to go down in Vancouver were never even sent out. Canada’s loss is Salt Lake City’s gain, however, as Thompson and Pereira are fighting at UFC 291 on July 28, 2023.
That leaves UFC 289 with little of note than the women’s Bantamweight title fight and a Lightweight No. 1 contender eliminator match between Charles Oliveira vs. Beneil Dariush. Oliveira vs. Dariush is a hell of a fight, but is it and Nunes vs. Aldana worth $80 to watch?
Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 289 fight card right here, starting with the early ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard on ESPN/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV.
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