The UFC has been pressured to vary subsequent weekend’s primary occasion.
Holly Holm vs. Irene Aldana, which had been set as the primary occasion for an Aug. 1 UFC Combat Night time card, has been canceled after Aldana was pressured to withdraw as a consequence of a postive check for coronavirus, her supervisor, Francisco Grasso Franco, advised ESPN.
Consequently, the Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan combat has been promoted to the primary occasion. The present plan is for it to be a three-round headliner versus a five-rounder because of the short-notice swap.
The Holm-Aldana bantamweight combat was anticipated to be a possible No. 1 contender combat for Aldana, who had received two in a row and 5 of her final six fights.
Shahbazyan (11-0), who’s co-managed by former UFC champion Ronda Rousey, is taken into account one of many brightest younger stars within the sport. The undefeated 22-year-old has completed 10 of his 11 opponents, together with his final three within the first spherical. He most not too long ago defeated Brad Tavares by way of knockout in November.
“This child is particular,” Rousey mentioned. “He’s one-in-a-generation, and I do know what the f— I am taking a look at, and you already know what you are taking a look at. And it is fascinating to lastly be on this time when everybody else is beginning to take discover. He is such a candy and quiet child, however man he is a killer. When folks take a second to look at him, they will by no means be capable of overlook him.”
UFC president Dana White mentioned: “And that is the largest check of his profession. Brunson is No. 8 [by the UFC], he is No. 9. If he can get by Brunson, and he wins this combat, it is straight killers after that. He is taking a look at breaking into the Prime 5, which could be very, very laborious to do within the UFC.”
Brunson (20-7) has received his final two in a row. His final UFC look got here 11 months in the past when he defeated Ian Heinisch by way of unanimous resolution.
The occasion will happen on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.