This weekend’s UFC On ESPN 28 event has taken a hit with the news that the heavyweight co-main event scrap between Chris Daukaus and Shamil Abdurakhimov has been cancelled.
The bout was reportedly pulled from the event for undisclosed reasons, though it should be noted that the bout had already been postponed from last weekend’s UFC On ESPN 27 show due to someone within Abdurakhimov’s camp having tested positive for Covid-19, so that could have something to do with the latest cancellation too.
Abdurakhimov is currently ranked No.7 in the heavyweight division, but he hasn’t fought in close to two years since a TKO loss to Curtis Blaydes back in 2019, which brought an end to a three-fight winning streak during which he’d beaten Chase Sherman, Andrei Arlovski and Marcin Tybura.
Meanwhile, Daukaus had quickly climbed up to No.10 in the division after winning his first three fights in a row over the course of the past year, picking up first round finishes due to strikes against Parker Porter, Rodrigo Nascimento and Aleksei Oleinik.
The loss of this fight weakens a UFC On ESPN 28 line-up that was already light on star power, but still goes ahead with a main event set to pit Uriah Hall against Sean Strickland.