UFC Vegas 33 Down to 10 Fights After Co-Main Event Between Rani Yahya and Kyung Ho Kang Is Canceled

Published 07/31/2021, 9:58 PM EDT


A middleweight clash between Sean Strickland and Uriah Hall will headline UFC Vegas 33. Unfortunately for fans, the card that initially started out with 15 fights has now been reduced to 10. Over the course of the week, multiple fights had to be canceled because of positive COVID tests, missed weight, and other factors. 

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Just a few hours prior to the start of the event, it was announced that two fights had been canceled. The co-main event between UFC veteran Rani Yahya and Kyung Ho Kang was scrapped from the fight card as Yahya tested positive for COVID-19. Jared Gooden vs. Niklas Stolze was also scrapped to keep in line with COVID protocols. However, the promotion later backtracked and added the fight back to the card. 

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Following the fight cancellation, Yahya released a statement on his Instagram account. “Hey, guys, my fight just got canceled,” Yahya wrote. “I tested positive for the COVID-19 test that was made yesterday. I feel very good physically, and I believe everything happens for a reason. Thank you all for the support.”

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UFC Vegas 33- An overview 

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The fight card initially featured 15 fights. However, we are now down to 10. The promotion scrapped the original co-main event between Chris Daukaus and Shamil Abdurakhimov on Monday. At the weigh-ins for the event, two more fights fell out in Nicco Montano vs. Wu Yanan, and Ronnie Lawrence vs. Trevin Jones. The UFC also scrapped Sam Alvey vs. Roman Kopylov due to visa issues for the latter. 

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Despite the cancelations, there are several interesting fights to watch out for at UFC Vegas 33. The main event between Strickland and Hall will be massive for the title picture at 185-pounds in the UFC. Also, knockout artist Bryan Barberena takes on Jason Witt in a welterweight clash. The strawweight co-main event between Cheyanne Buys and Gloria de Paula is also an interesting fight that fans cannot afford to miss. 

What do you make of the fight card that is UFC Vegas 33? Which fight are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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