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Former UFC champion Nicco Montano has suffered an injury and won’t be able to compete Saturday in her bantamweight bout at UFC on ESPN+ 25. As a result, Montano’s scheduled opponent, Macy Chiasson, will fight Invicta FC veteran Shanna Young. MMA Junkie confirmed the news Monday following an initial report by MMA Fighting, which added that Montano’s withdrawal was the result of a recent Grade 2 MCL sprain. Montano had traveled to the UFC Performance...

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The UFC 248 lineup has taken a hit. Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has reportedly withdrawn from his UFC 248 bout against Jared Cannonier. MMA Junkie confirmed a Wednesday report from ESPN. The reason for Whittaker’s withdrawal was not disclosed. It is unknown at this time if Cannonier (13-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) will remain on the card. Whittaker (20-5 MMA, 11-3 UFC) has not competed since losing his title to Israel Adesanya at UFC...

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UFC 246 is down a featherweight bout. Grant Dawson announced via Instagram that he has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled matchup with Chas Skelly, which was to take place at UFC 246 in Las Vegas this Saturday. According to Dawson (14-1), he won’t be competing due to “circumstances out of my control.” He added that he and the UFC are working on rescheduling the bout with Skelly. Dawson, 25, has won his first...

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The UFC’s final card of 2019 will be left scrambling for a main event. Former featherweight title challenger Brian Ortega has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled headliner with Chan Sung Jung at UFC on ESPN+ 23. MMA Junkie confirmed an ESPN.com report Wednesday that Ortega is out because of an undisclosed injury, according to a person with knowledge of the situation but not authorized to speak publicly. With Ortega (14-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC)...

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Kyoji Horiguchi will have to wait to try to get his revenge against Kai Asakura. Rizin/Bellator MMA double champ Horiguchi (28-3) was forced to pull out of his upcoming Rizin FF 20 bout against Asakura (14-1) due a torn ACL and damaged meniscus, the promotion announced in a release late Wednesday evening. Expected to miss 10 months of competition, Rizin officials said Horiguchi “has asked to revoke his status as Rizin champion,” and his bantamweight...

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Bellator Europe 6 is in need of a new main-event matchup after one of the headliners needed to drop out. Derek Anderson, who was slated to face Michael Page in the welterweight main event of the Nov. 23 card in London, had to pull out of the fight due to an undisclosed injury. MMA Junkie confirmed the news through a person with knowledge of the situation after an initial Tuesday report by FanSided. The company...