Not one, but two fights are gone from UFC Vegas 21 just like that.
A featherweight bout between Ricardo Ramos and Zubaira Tukhugov has been scrapped after Tukhugov withdrew due to injury. Unfortunately for Ramos, officials were unable to find a replacement opponent so he’s off the card as well (per MMA Fighting).
Ramos (14-3) fought just once in 2020, losing by first-round TKO to Lerone Murphy. The 25-year-old Brazilian nevertheless holds an impressive record of 5-2 in the UFC, with notable wins coming over Aiemann Zahabi and Kyung Ho Kang. His other Octagon defeat came against Said Nurmagomedov.
Tukhugov (19-5-1) began his UFC career 3-0, but a split decision loss to Renato Moicano soon followed and he was later suspended two years by USADA for a failed drug test. Upon his return in 2019, he went to a draw with Lerone Murphy, then started 2020 with a TKO of Kevin Aguilar before he dropped a close decision to Hakeem Dawodu at UFC 253 in September.
Meanwhile, a main card bout between Ben Rothwell and Phillipe Lins is off due to injury (also via MMA Fighting). That matchup is expected to be postponed to another event. Rothwell (38-13) came up short against Marcin Tybura back in October, whereas Lins (14-5) is still in search of a UFC win after disappointing outings against Tanner Boser and Andrei Arlovski.
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