A middleweight bout between Kyle Daukaus and Roman Dolidze has been removed from Saturday’s upcoming UFC Vegas 42 card to be held at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
Several sources confirmed to MMA Fighting that the COVID-19 protocols linked to the Dolidze camp were ultimately the reason the fight was called off.
Unfortunately, due to the late timing of the change, Daukaus will not receive a replacement opponent on the map.
Daukaus was initially scheduled to face Kevin Holland in a rematch after their first fight ended in a controversial fashion following an accidental heads-up clash in the first round.
After the fighters collided Holland got the worst and was stunned but still defending himself as Daukaus pummeled him with punches before finally locking down a bare rear choke ending the fight. Referee Dan Miragliotta actually acknowledged the accidental head clash, but rather than suspend the fight, he allowed the action to continue.
Once Daukaus completed the submission, Miragliotta viewed the instant replay and ultimately decided to declare the fight without competition, which then led to the rematch being booked.
Sadly, Holland suffered a training injury that will keep him sidelined until 2022. That’s when Daukaus was booked against Dolidze, who lost his original opponent once ‘Eryk Anders has also been taken off the card.
Now the new fight between Daukaus and Dolidze has also been removed from the map.
UFC Vegas 42 will advance with one less fight as featherweights Max Holloway and Yair Rodriguez are set to face off in the night’s main event.