The UFC debut of Dean Barry against Mike Jackson won’t be happening on January 20th, per reports. With an announcement on Friday by Barry, along with a report from Damon Martin and Mike Heck of MMA Fighting, all reports say the fight is off.
The fight was expected to take place on a “Fight Night” card at UFC’s “Fight Island” venue in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
It is not known at the moment why the fight was cancelled, although the UFC is currently looking to reschedule it.
“Well guys 20 minutes before 2020 ended I got a phone call to say Jackson wont make the fight on January 20th,” said Barry via social media on Friday. “Do not ask me why because I dont know the full ins and outsnd wish him the best.”
Barry’s UFC debut was set to come after a pro career with three wins and one loss.
His opponent, Jackson, was scheduled to fight for the second time in the UFC. Jackson’s UFC debut in 2018 was a win over former WWE pro wrestler CM Punk.
UFC’s January 20th card is currently scheduled to have a main event between Neil Magny and Michael Chiesa. Here’s how the show looks currently.
Bout 11: Michael Chiesa (16-4) vs. Neil Magny (24-7) (Welterweight)
Bout 10: Pedro Munhoz (18-5) vs. Jimmie Rivera (23-4) (Bantamweight)
Bout 9: Lerone Murphy (9-0-1) vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade (26-3) (Featherweight)
Bout 8: Francisco Figueiredo (11-3-1) vs. Jerome Rivera (10-3) (Bantamweight)
Bout 7: Roxanne Modafferi (25-17) vs. Viviane Araujo (9-2) (Flyweight)
Bout 6: Ike Villanueva (16-11) vs. Vinicius Moreira (9-4) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 5: Victoria Leonardo (8-2) vs. Manon Fiorot (5-1) (Flyweight)
Bout 4: Tyson Nam (20-11-1) vs. Matt Schnell (14-5) (Flyweight)
Bout 3: Mike Davis (8-2) vs. Mason Jones (10-0) (Lightweight)
Bout 2: Dalcha Lungiambula (10-2) vs. Isi Fitikefu (6-0) (Middleweight)
Bout 1: Su Mudaerji (13-4) vs. Zarrukh Adashev (3-2) (Flyweight)