Dominick Reyes and Jiri Prochazka has been cancelled due to undisclosed reasons, which means heavyweights Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Ciryl Gane will now headline the event and Canelo Alvarez latest boxing bout has been agreed — Fightful has all the latest fight announcements in one convenient article.
Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Ciryl Gane to headline February 27
Jairzinho Rozenstruik (no.3) and Ciryl Gane (no.7) will now headline the February 27 card after Dominick Reyes vs. Jiri Prochazka was cancelled. Rozenstruik took to Twitter to announce their bump up the card and will now look to capitalize on the added spotlight of being the main event fight. Gane is fresh off a win over veteran Junior Dos Santos and the fight is one between two future stars of the heavyweight division.
Prochazka took to Twitter also and confirmed that Reyes was the one who was forced to withdraw from their fight. Given that no replacement has been rumoured, it looks like the UFC will simply reschedule the fight for a later date.
The fight has been postponed from February 27th, but I’m looking forward to fighting Reyes in the near future, and wish him a quick recovery. @ufc @UFCEurope— Jiri Denisa Prochazka (@jiri_bjp) January 30, 2021
Zápas 27.2.2021 byl sice odložen, ale na zápas s Dominikem se co nejdříve těším. Teď mu přeji brzké uzdravení. pic.twitter.com/63x4pDtGjd
Chris Weidman vs. Uriah Hall to be rescheduled for April
ESPN's Ariel Helwani has reported that Chris Weidman (no.11) vs. Uriah Hall (no.8) will be rescheduled after the former middleweight champion tested positive for COVID-19. Helwani also notes that John Hyon Ko's report of the UFC aiming for a Singapore card in April for UFC 261 has been discussed by the promotion for the return of Zhang Weili. The card is only being discussed but hasn't been finalized.
Chris Weidman vs. Uriah Hall is being moved. The fight, which was scheduled for UFC 258 on Feb. 13, has been canceled, sources say, after Weidman tested positive for COVID-19 recently. The current plan is for the fight to be moved to UFC 261 on April 24, according to sources.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 29, 2021
Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders unification bout agreed
Canelo Alvarez has agreed to fight Billy Joe Saunders in a unification bout, reports The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger. The reports states the pair have agreed to fight around Cinco de Mayo on either May 1st or May 8th for the WBC, WBA, and WBO super-middleweight titles. Alvarez must defeat mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim on February 27th in Florida as expected first before the fight can take place and also come out unscathed by any injury.
SOURCES: Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders have agreed to a deal for a May fight on DAZN. Three 168-pound titles up for grabs. Fight will land in U.S., on May 1 or May 8. First, Canelo will have to beat Avni Yildirim on Feb. 27 and emerge uninjured https://t.co/n2By2duTga— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) January 28, 2021
Ben Rothwell vs. Philipe Lins
Ben Rothwell will take on Philipe Lins next reports Combate. Veteran Rothwell (38-13) most recently faced Marcin Tybura in a unanimous decision loss. Lins (14-5) was the 2018 PFL heavyweight division and is aiming to get his first win in after losing to Tanner Boser and Andrei Arlovski so far.
BKFC Knuckle Mania: Paige VanZant vs Britain Hart – full fight card announced
BKFC 16 (Knuckle Mania) marks the debut of Paige VanZant in bare-knuckle boxing. The former UFC star faces Britain Hart in the women’s featherweight matchup, headlining the fight card live on pay-per-view from Jenkins Arena in Florida at 8 pm ET / 5 pm. The complete lineup can be seen below:
Paige Van Zant vs Britain Hart, featherweight
Johnny Bedford vs Dat Nguyen, bantamweight – for BKFC Bantamweight title.
Chris Leben vs Quentin Henry, heavyweight
Martin Brown vs Zach Zane, 155 pounds
Lorenzo Hunt vs Rob Morrow, light heavyweight
John Chalbeck vs Greg Bono, 145 pounds
Charisa Sigala vs Taylor Starling, women’s bantamweight
Dillon Cleckler vs Chris Jensen, heavyweight
Dave Morgan vs Travis Thompson, 135 pounds
Jarod Grant vs Brandon Lambert, 135 pounds
For a full breakdown of upcoming cards, please check out our events section!