Huge Blow for UFC Fight Night as Lightweight Bout Gets Canceled

Published 06/30/2021, 7:37 AM EDT

The UFC has made it official that the fight between Don Madge and Guram Kutateladze is canceled. The lightweight bout was scheduled for UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs. Moises on July 17. This is the second time that the bout has been scrapped because of an injury to Kutateladze.


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Previously the duo was scheduled for a fight at the UFC Fight Night on March 13. But the fight got scrapped as ‘Georgian Viking’ suffered a torn left meniscus which required immediate surgery on his knee. As of now, Don Madge wants to stay on the card, therefore UFC is trying to get him a new opponent.


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Don Madge is a South African lightweight who joined the UFC roster in 2018. Since then, he only competed twice and has won both his bouts. Now, Madge is on a six-fight winning streak with a 9-3-1 record.


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‘Magic Man’ will look to continue his magic against a new opponent on July 17. As Don Madge does not appear in the top 15 of the UFC lightweight rankings, the promotion will try to search for an unranked opponent.

A look at UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs. Moises

Islam Makhachev and Thiago Moises will share the spotlight to battle in a lightweight contest. This is a very important fight for both the fighters as a win here will improve their ranking and inch them closer to their first title shot.

Islam Makhachev, on a whopping seven-fight win streak, sits on the ninth spot in the rankings. A win over the fourteenth ranked Moises will hand him his eighth win in a row.

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BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: Islam Makhachev kicks Gleison Tibau in the first round of their Lightweight fight during UFC 220 at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Expected Fight Card for UFC Fight Night on July 17 (as per

155 lbs.: Islam Makhachev vs. Thiago Moises (Lightweight contest) main-event 

135 lbs.: Marion Reneau vs. Miesha Tate (Women’s Bantamweight contest) co main-event 

55 lbs.: Mateusz Gamrot vs. Jeremy Stephens (Lightweight contest)

170 lbs.: Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Daniel Rodriguez (Welterweight contest)

135 lbs.: Sergey Morozov vs. Khalid Taha (Bantamweight contest)

125 lbs.: Francisco Figueredo vs. Malcolm Gordon (Flyweight contest)

185 lbs.: Rodolfo Vieira vs Dustin Stoltzfus (Middleweight contest)

135 lbs.: Anderson dos Santos vs. Miles Johns (Bantamweight contest)

265 lbs.: Alan Baudot vs. Rodrigo Nascimento (Heavyweight contest)

185 lbs.: Phil Hawes vs. Deron Winn (Middleweight contest)

115 lbs.: Amanda Lemos vs. Montserrat Ruiz (Women’s Strawweight contest)

155 lbs.: Don Madge vs (N/A) (Lightweight contest)


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125 lbs.: Ode Osbourne vs (N/A) (Flyweight contest)

145 lbs.: Billy Quarantillo vs. (N/A) (Featherweight contest)



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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.



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