Two Fights Cancelled For UFC Fight Island In Abu Dhabi

Published 07/03/2020, 11:00 AM EDT


The fight card on July 25th has suffered a setback as the UFC heads to Abu Dhabi. Two fighters placed on the 25 July card have fallen out per reports made by anonymous sources via MMA Junkie. The promotion has yet to make any official declaration regarding the same as the situation is still developing.

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Danny Roberts and Shakvat Rakhmonov are the two fighters out of their scheduled bouts. Robert Whittaker will face off against newly minted 185-pounder in Darren Till in the main event of the card. The fighters first agreed to scrap on social media making the bout one of the first to be slated for Fight Island.

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Nicolas Dalby and Ramazan Emeev are now both without their respective opponents for the Yas Island card. This situation brings about unprecedented questions as the UFC will venture into unknown territory with Fight Island. The organization has prepared a highly air-tight travel schedule which includes vigorous testing. Hence, they will be looking to stay on schedule and secure suitable replacements on the card.

5 COVID-19 tests are slated for various intervals for fighters and teams as was highlighted in newly released guidelines. The tested personnel will be quarantined until results are disclosed as negative.

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‘Hot Chocolate’ Danny Roberts has gone 3-2 in his last 5 fights. He last stepped inside the octagon back in November of 2019 in a winning effort. The fight against Nicolas Dalby would have opened the final main card at Yas Fight Island.

The Englishman has been under contract with the UFC since 2015 and has fought solid competition in the promotion. However, he has been unable to secure the victories over big names like Mike Perry and Michel Pereira.

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25-year-old Shavkat Rakhmonov has been on a tear in his MMA career so far. The young fighter has gone undefeated as a professional ahead of his canceled bout against Ramazan Emeev. The newcomer will be looking to make a splashing impact when he eventually debuts under the bright lights.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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