The Dagestani lightweight was supposed to face Rafael dos
Anjos in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 24, but dos Anjos withdrew from the
testing positive for COVID-19. UFC president Dana White
revealed to Yahoo
Sports on Wednesday that a replacement opponent was not found
for Makhachev, and a subsequent release from the promotion
regarding the event did not include the Eagles MMA representative.
As a result, UFC 254 will move forward with a five-bout main
Makhachev is currently on a six-bout winning streak in UFC
competition. He went 2-0 in 2019, posting decision triumphs against
Ramos and Arman
Tsarukyan. A training partner of lightweight champ Khabib
Nurmagomedov, the 29-year-old is 18-1 since beginning his
professional career in 2010.
UFC 254 takes place at the Flash Forum and is headlined by a
155-pound title unification bout between Nurmagomedov and interim
Gaethje. The main card airs on pay-per-view via ESPN+ beginning
at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.