Yamato Nishikawa will no longer fight Magomed Mustafaev on the UFC 280 preliminary card this Saturday. (October 22, 2022) at the Etihad Arena on ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi. In fact, the 19-year-old welterweight won’t be fighting for the UFC at all, having pulled his release earlier this week before stepping foot in the famed Octagon.
So what happened?
According this report, the 21-3-6 Nishikawa is still under contract with Shooto, marking the second time the UFC has encountered this issue in the past month. Ares FC heavyweight champion Slim Trablesi was also signed and booked for UFC 280, only to be released 24 hours later due to contract issues with Ares FC and MMA Factory.
Mustafaev won’t stay in the roster and is expected to return later this year; however, with two other welterweight matchups on the UFC 280 fight card – Sean Brady vs. Belal Muhammad and Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev – it’s not unreasonable to think Mustafaev will be kept on hold in the event of a emergency.
As of this writing, all duffel bags (and their starchy contents) are present and accounted for.
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