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The Ultimate Fighting Championship return of Ryan Hall was on the books for less than a month before it fell through.
BJPenn.com was the first to report the news on Thursday, stating that Hall (8-1) has been forced out of his featherweight tilt with Dan Ige (14-3) due to an injury sustained while training. News of Hall getting his first fight since 2019 was announced in January. Per the report, which was later confirmed by other outlets, the promotion is currently searching for a replacement opponent against Ige at UFC Fight Night 187.
Since his win over Darren Elkins in July 2019, Hall has been unable to either find an opponent or remain in a matchup. A 2020 booking with Ricardo Lamas fell through due to the coronavirus pandemic, and then Hall suffered an injury when the match was slated for a few months later. Even though he has only competed nine times as a pro, “The Wizard” has not suffered a loss in nearly 15 years since his debut. The submission wizard won the lightweight bracket of Season 22 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” and on his slow rise through the company, he has beaten names like Gray Maynard, B.J. Penn and Elkins. Although Penn not the champ at the time, Hall was still the first man to ever submit “The Prodigy.”
Since his signing off of the first season of Dana White's Contender Series, Ige has been the far more active fighter of the two. While Hall has competed just twice since 2018, Ige’s entire eight-fight UFC tenure has practically taken place in that same span. A lengthy win streak with close victories over the likes of Edson Barboza and Mirsad Bektic came to an end in July 2020, when Calvin Kattar won a decision in their UFC on ESPN 13 main event. Ige has not competed since that loss.
UFC Fight Night 187 goes down at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, with a headliner pitting Leon Edwards against the unbeaten Khamzat Chimaev. Other noteworthy matches remaining on the card include a heavyweight rumble between Ben Rothwell and Philipe Lins, while Nasrat Haqparast has recently stepped in against Don Madge at lightweight.