A case of “atypical pneumonia” has taken Wellington Turman out of a February 6th UFC fight against Aliaskhab Khizriev. First reported by Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting, Turman’s manager revealed that the illness would sideline him from the fight.
The matchup was scheduled to happen on a UFC “Fight Night” card. With just less than a month until his fight, it is not known if Khizriev will get a new opponent for that date.
The cancelled bout continues recent troubles for Turman. His previous booking, an October 31st matchup against Sean Strickland, was thrown out after Turman contracted COVID-19.
Turman’s last fight was in August, where Andrew Sanchez stopped him in the first round with strikes.
The fight in February was set to be Khizriev’s UFC debut. Undefeated through three fights as a pro, Khizriev earned a UFC contract in September with a win on “Dana White’s Contender Series.” Before then, he competed in Fight Nights Global.
UFC’s February 6th card is currently set to have a heavyweight main event between Alistair Overeem and Alexander Volkov.