A premier light-weight struggle is not going to be happening as deliberate on Feb. 19. Rafael dos Anjos and Rafael Fiziev are off the UFC Vegas 48 card.
Ariel Helwani was the primary to report that the struggle has been moved due to visa points surrounding Fiziev. The bout has reportedly been rebooked for UFC 272 on March 5. That struggle card will happen contained in the T-Cellular Area in Las Vegas. MMA Preventing confirmed that the co-main occasion of Jamahal Hill and Johnny Walker will now be the primary occasion of UFC Vegas 48.
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A 2003 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship gold medalist, dos Anjos joined the UFC in 2008. In 2015 he received the UFC light-weight title towards Anthony Pettis and misplaced it towards Eddie Alvarez in 2016. At 19-11 with the promotion, dos Anjos final fought in November 2020, beating Paul Felder by way of break up resolution. It was his first struggle again at light-weight since 2016, as he was beforehand competing within the welterweight division.
A rising star within the UFC, Fiziev, preventing out of Kyrgyzstan, made his professional debut in 2015. He joined the UFC in 2019. Shedding the primary struggle of his UFC profession towards Magomed Mustafaev, Fiziev has since received 5 in a row. His final struggle was a win by way of KO towards Brad Riddell in December.
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Walker, ranked tenth within the UFC’s gentle heavyweight rankings, is 1-2 in his previous three fights. His final bout was a loss towards Thiago Santos in October. Hill is 2-1 in his previous three fights, beating Jimmy Crute in December by way of KO.
The present important occasion of UFC 272 is a grudge match that includes Colby Covington vs. Jorge Masvidal.