RDA was listed as out of his fight against Islam Makhachev which was scheduled for UFC 254. Dos Anjos tested positive for coronavirus, making him unable to compete. However, Islam stated that he would like to remain on the card, calling out the UFC’s newest blockbuster signing in Michael Chandler to save his place on the card. Now, news has become official that Makhachev is out of UFC 254 completely.
Islam Makhachev Calls Out Michael Chandler
Dos Anjos took to social media to announce his positive test. While fans were extremely upset at the news, Makhachev was only worried for a short amount of time. Once he received wind of the news, it didn’t take long to try and remain on the card. Islam took to social media to call out Michael Chandler, although the idea was a long shot. After all, Chandler made it clear that he only wants to face top 5 opponents.
— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) October 9, 2020
Makhachev Out of UFC 254
Yahoo Sports reported that the UFC was unable to find Makhachev a new opponent in such a short span of time. As a result, he is officially off of the entire fight card. However, the organization officially fully revealed the card in its entirety, headlined by Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.
One other news item @danawhite told me today is that @MAKHACHEVMMA is not going to fight at #UFC254 Couldn’t get him an opponent, so it will be a five-fight main card.
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) October 14, 2020
Official UFC 254 Fight Card
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje
Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier
Alexander Volkov vs. Walt Harris
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Lauren Murphy
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba
Stefan Struve vs. Tai Tuivasa
Jacob Malkoun vs. Phil Hawes
Alex Oliveira vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov
Da-un Jung vs. Sam Alvey
Umar Nurmagomedov vs. Sergey Morozof
Liana Jojua vs. Miranda Maverick
Nathaniel Wood vs. Casey Kenney
Joel Alvarez vs. Alexander Yakovlev
How to Watch
UFC 254 will take place on October 24, 2020, at the Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Furthermore, the pay per view card will be available for purchase on ESPN+.