Hakeem Dawodu Withdraws from UFC 257 Clash vs. Shane Burgos Due to Injury

By: Tristen Critchfield
Jan 9, 2021

UFC 257 has lost an intriguing featherweight bout, as Hakeem Dawodu has withdrawn from a proposed Jan. 23 matchup with Shane Burgos due to a shoulder injury.

MMAjunkie.com was first to report Dawodu’s exit, and MMAFighting.com reported that Burgos will not remain on the card against a replacement opponent. UFC 257 takes place on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi and is headlined by a lightweight tilt pitting Conor McGregor against Dustin Poirier.

Dawodu is currently on a five-bout winning streak within the Las Vegas-based promotion. Most recently, the 29-year-old muay Thai specialist earned a split-decision victory against Zubaira Tukhugov at UFC 253 on Sept. 26.

Burgos, meanwhile, had a three-fight winning streak snapped in a unanimous decision defeat to Josh Emmett at UFC on ESPN 11 on June 20.

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