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Yair Rodriguez has been forced to pull out of a highly-anticipated featherweight showdown with fellow contender Zabit Magomedsharipov at an Ultimate Fighting Championship event on Aug. 29.
UFC president Dana White confirmed Rodriguez’s withdrawal during a post-fight media scrum following the Contender Series on Tuesday night. Mexican outlet Milenio was first to report the news.
“He’s got a high ankle sprain and a fracture, so he’s out,” White said.
Rodriguez vs. Magomedsharipov was expected to serve as the main event for the Aug. 29 card, which will take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. White confirmed that the promotion is seeking a replacement opponent for Magomedovsharipov.
The two featherweight standouts were initially scheduled to meet at UFC 228 in 2018, but Rodriguez suffered an injury and exited the card. Rodriguez is coming off a three-round verdict over Jeremy Stephens at UFC on ESPN 6 and has lost just once in 10 Octagon appearances.
Magomedsharipov has been victorious in 18 of 19 professional outings and has kicked off his promotional tenure with six consecutive triumphs.