UFC On ESPN 28 has taken it’s second hit in short order with the news that a main card fight between Sam Alvey and Roman Kopylov has been scrapped, soon after the co-main event between Shamil Abdurakhimov and Chris Daukaus was also cancelled.
According to Alvey, he learned that the fight had been pulled from the event just as he was about to head to Las Vegas, with Kopylov reportedly having ran into VISA difficulties ahead of his journey from Russia to the U.S.
Due to the short-notice nature of the call-off, the UFC have been unable to find a replacement for Alvey and so he’ll no longer have a chance to compete on Saturday night.
For Alvey the fight had potentially been his last chance to get back to winning ways, having gone without a victory in his previous six outings, while Kopylov was seeking his first UFC win after suffering a loss in his debut.
Even before these two cancellations, UFC On ESPN 28 had been a show that seemed to be on the weaker end of the scale in terms of star power, and has given the matchmakers a headache in terms of reshuffling the line-up for the main card under the still-intact middleweight headliner featuring Uriah Hall vs. Sean Strickland.
That’s reflected in the new co-main event as things stand now seeing Mounir Lazzez, who is 1-1 in the UFC so far, going up against Niklas Stolze, who lost in his promotional debut back in July of last year.