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UFC 254: Rafael Dos Anjos pulled due to positive COVID-19 test

Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (29-13-0) is out of UFC 254.

The former champ tweeted Oct. 8 that “COVID-19 caught me big time and doctors cut me out.” That means his bout with Islam Makhachev is shelved.

Dos Anjos, 35, will have to wait to get back into the octagon for the first time since January 2019 decision loss to Michael Chiesa. But Makhachev is already looking for his next opponent online.

The UFC has not officially confirmed the cancellation of Dos Anjos’ bout at this time.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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