Abdul Razak Alhassan defeated Sabah Homasi in controversial fashion at UFC 218, which lead to UFC President Dana White announcing an immediate rematch for UFC 219.
However, plans for the rematch have changed and now the bout will get pushed back a month to UFC 220. There was no reason given by the promotion or the fighters as to why the change in date for the bout happened.
AlHassan (8-1-0) won the first bout between himself and Homasi after a controversial first round stoppage by referee Herb Dean. Alhassan has now won two of three fights under the UFC banner, defeating Charlie Ward and Sabah Homasi. Al-Hassan has also competed once in Bellator MMA, defeating Bryce Shepherd-Mejia by first round knockout at Bellator 143.
Homasi (11-7-0) is currently winless thus far in UFC competition, having dropped bouts to both Tim Means and Abdul Razak Alhassan. Homasi also won just one of three fights in the Bellator MMA promotion, with that lone victory coming over Eric Moon at Bellator 124 in September of 2014. Homasi hasn’t seen one of his fights go the distance in well over five years, with his last fight to go all three rounds coming against Jose Caceres at Championship Fighting Alliance 7.
UFC 220 takes place on Saturday, January 20 from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts with Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.