As one fight has joined UFC’s April 9th pay-per-view, another has departed.
Nassourdine Imavov was forced out of his UFC 273 fight – which is scheduled to take place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, USA – against Kelvin Gastelum due to visa issues, per an announcement made by the promotion Monday.
The fight was scheduled to give Gastelum a chance to return to the win column after suffering a couple of losses in 2021. On the other hand, Imavov was fighting to continue a two-fight streak of finish wins.
It is not known at the moment if a fight between Gastelum and Imavov will be re-booked for a later date.
It was also announced earlier this week that a heavyweight fight between Ilir Latifi and Aleksei Oleinik has been re-booked for the event.
A fight between Latifi and Oleinik was first scheduled to happen at UFC’s March 26th card but was thrown out due to Latifi suffering an illness.
Here is an updated look at UFC 273, which is scheduled to be headlined by UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski and The Korean Zombie:
Bout 13: Alexander Volkanovski (23-1) vs. The Korean Zombie (17-6) (UFC Featherweight Championship)
Bout 12: Aljamain Sterling (20-3) vs. Petr Yan (16-2) (UFC Bantamweight Championship)
Bout 11: Pat Sabatini (16-3) vs. Gavin Tucker (13-2) (Featherweight)
Bout 10: Mickey Gall (7-4) vs. Mike Malott (7-1-1) (Welterweight)
Bout 9: Jairzinho Rozenstruick (12-3) vs. Marcin Tybura (22-7) (Heavyweight)
Bout 8: Mackenzie Dern (11-2) vs. Tecia Torres (13-5) (Strawweight)
Bout 7: Vinc Pichel (14-2) vs. Mark O. Madsen (11-0) (Lightweight)
Bout 6: Piera Rodriguez (7-0) vs. Kay Hansen (7-5) (Strawweight)
Bout 5: Ian Garry (8-0) vs. Darian Weeks (5-1) (Welterweight)
Bout 4: Gilbert Burns (20-4) vs. Khamzat Chimaev (10-0) (Welterweight)
Bout 3: Dricus Du Plessis (16-2) vs. Anthony Hernandez (8-2) (Middleweight)
Bout 2: Aspen Ladd (9-2) vs. Raquel Pennington (13-8) (Bantamweight)
Bout 1: Aleksei Oleinik (59-16-1) vs. Ilir Latifi (15-8) (Heavyweight)