September’s UFC pay-per-view event UFC 253 has lost a matchup, as Claudia Gadelha has been removed from her bout against Yan Xiaonan. Per a report from Raphael Marinho of Combate, the withdrawal comes due to a knee injury that Gadelha suffered.
It is not known currently if Xiaonan will get a replacement opponent.
Gadelha was looking to extend her winning streak to three-in-a-row in September. Her previous 2020 win came in May, defeating Angela Hill in a split decision contest.
Xiaonan has been undefeated since her 2017 UFC debut. Having won five fights in the promotion, her last victory came in February over former UFC Strawweight Championship challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
With the loss of its only strawweight bout, UFC 253 has eight bouts in total. Here’s the card as it stands currently, which is set to happen on September 26th.
Bout 8: Israel Adesanya (19-0) vs. Paulo Costa (13-0) (UFC Middleweight Championship)
Bout 7: Dominick Reyes (12-1) vs. Jan Blachowicz (26-8) (Vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship)
Bout 6: Hakeem Dawodu (11-1-1) vs. Zubaira Tukhugov (19-4-1) (Featherweight)
Bout 5: Kai Kara-France (21-8) vs. Brandon Royval (11-4) (Flyweight)
Bout 4: Ketlen Vieira (10-1) vs. Marion Reneau (9-6-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 3: Diego Sanchez (30-12) vs. Jake Matthews (16-4) (Welterweight)
Bout 2: Brad Riddell (8-1) vs. Alex da Silva (21-2) (Lightweight)
Bout 1: Nate Landwehr (14-3) vs. Shane Young (13-4) (Featherweight)