A lightweight fight between undefeated Mark O. Madsen and veteran Vinc Pichel won’t happen as soon as expected.
The fight has reportedly been removed from UFC’s February 12th pay-per-view event and has since been moved to their April 9th show.
The bout is now expected to happen at UFC 273, a PPV lineup that doesn’t have a confirmed location currently. News of the change was first reported by Nolan King and John Morgan of MMA Junkie on Wednesday.
The fight is set to be Madsen’s fourth appearance in the UFC. He scored his third victory for the promotion in August 2021, fighting to a split decision win over Clay Guida.
Pichel, a UFC fighter since 2012, is entering the booking on a strong three-fight winning streak that has been developing since 2019. He earned his third win of the streak in August, beating Austin Hubbard.
UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski is set to face The Korean Zombie in the main event of UFC 273. Here’s how the entire weekend of fights looks currently:
Bout 9: Alexander Volkanovski (23-1) vs. The Korean Zombie (17-6) (UFC Featherweight Championship)
Bout 8: Aljamain Sterling (20-3) vs. Petr Yan (16-2) (UFC Bantamweight Championship)
Bout 7: Irene Aldana (13-6) vs. Aspen Ladd (9-2) (Bantamweight)
Bout 6: Pat Sabatini (16-3) vs. Gavin Tucker (13-2) (Featherweight)
Bout 5: Mickey Gall (7-4) vs. Mike Malott (7-1-1) (Welterweight)
Bout 4: Jairzinho Rozenstruick (12-3) vs. Marcin Tybura (22-7) (Heavyweight)
Bout 3: Mackenzie Dern (11-2) vs. Tecia Torres (13-5) (Strawweight)
Bout 2: Kelvin Gastelum (17-8) vs. Nassourdine Imavov (11-3) (Middleweight)
Bout 1: Vinc Pichel (14-2) vs. Mark O. Madsen (11-0) (Lightweight)