Two Fighters Drop Out from UFC Fight Island

by Aleksandar Urdarevik on July 02, 2020

The UFC’s July 25 event is looking shaky.

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Anonymous sources indicate that both Danny Roberts and Shavkat Rakhmonov are out of their respective bouts. The sources represent two people with insider knowledge on the situation. The promotion has yet to make an official announcement.

Neither tip for Roberts nor Rakhmonov cite a reason for their dropout. No replacement has been found for either of their opponents, Nicolas Dalby and Ramazan Emeev.

Roberts (17-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC) was originally slated to face Dalby on March 21 in London, but the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Roberts is coming off a knockout over Zelim Imadaev that snapped a two-fight skid last November. The fight was rebooked for the July 25 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, but Roberts has been forced to withdraw.

Rakhmonov (12-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is finding his UFC debut postponed once more. He was initially scheduled to face Bartosz Fabinski on March 21 in London before the event was canceled. The undefeated Kazakhstani fighter was then matched up with Emeev on July 25 but has been reportedly forced out.

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With the changes, the current July 25 lineup includes:

Darren Till vs. Robert Whittaker

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Mauricio Rua

Alex Oliviera vs. Peter Sobotta

Alexander Gustafsson vs. Fabricio Werdum

Nicholas Dalby vs. opponent TBA

Tom Aspinall vs. Jake Collier

Raphael Pessoa vs. Justin Tafa

Movsar Evloev vs. Mike Grundy

Bethe Correia vs. Pannie Kianzad

Umar Nurmagomedov vs. Nathaniel Wood

Ramazan Emeev vs. opponent TBA

Jai Herbert vs. Francisco Trinaldo

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