UPDATED* UFC 292 loses former champion, replacement being sought

UFC 292 has taken another hit to its already snake-bitten card.

By: Stephie Haynes | 1 month ago

UFC 292 has taken another hit to the lineup. It was just announced during the UFC Vegas 78 broadcast that former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt is off the card versus Mario Bautista. According to multiple reports, the reason is due to an injury in training. UFC matchmakers are currently seeking a replacement opponent for Bautista.

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Cody Garbrandt in a nutshell

Garbrandt last fought in March at UFC 285. He was successful, notching a unanimous decision victory over Trevin Jones.In the six bouts before that, Cody lost five of them. Of those five contests, four were finishes—knockouts, to be exact. Before that unfortunate stretch, Garbrandt was undefeated.

Da’Mon Blackshear gets quick turnaround

According to Cole Shelton of bjpenn.com, Da’Mon Blackshear has been called up to replace Garbrandt ant fight Bautista. Blackshear fought last week at UFC Fight Night: Luque vs. Dos Anjos, winning impressively with a first round twister submission against Jose Johnson.

How to watch UFC 292

UFC 292 features two title fights: Aljamain Sterling vs. Sean O’Malley and Zhang Weili vs. Amanda Lemos. The event goes down in Boston at the TD Garden. Prelims will be available on ESPN+, as well as the PPV. The main card starts at 10pm EST. Right now, you can catch our play-by-play of UFC Vegas 78 here.

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Stephie Haynes
Stephie Haynes

Stephie Haynes has been covering MMA since 2005. She has also worked for MMA promotion Proelite and apparel brand TapouT. She hosted TapouT’s official radio show for four years before joining Bloody Elbow in 2012. She has interviewed everyone there is to interview in the fight game from from Dana White to Conor McGregor to Kimbo Slice, as well as mainstream TV, film and music stars including Norman Reedus, RZA and Anthony Bourdain. She has been producing the BE podcast network since 2017 and hosts four of its current shows.

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