Two names have recently departed the UFC roster.
Bantamweight Randy Costa and prospect Yamato Nishikawa are no longer UFC fighters, per a report from Damon Martin of MMA Fighting.
Nishikawa’s UFC run has come to an end before his first fight even occurred. The Shooto Lightweight Champion was expected to step in on short notice to face Magomed Mustafaev at UFC 280 this weekend.
However, Nishikawa reportedly was already under contract with another promotion that did not permit him from working elsewhere. Because of this, he was unable to fight this weekend or be on the UFC roster altogether for now.
Nishikawa was set to enter the promotion with an impressive record of 21 wins through 30 pro appearances despite just being 19 years old.
Because of this change, Mustafaev is now not expected to compete this Saturday at UFC 280. Prior to being matched against Nishikawa, he was originally expected to face Jamie Mullarkey this weekend.
Costa’s UFC Run Ends After Six Fights
Randy Costa’s UFC campaign has reportedly come to an end after suffering his third consecutive loss.
Costa took a submission loss earlier this month, getting stopped by Guido Cannetti in just over a minute with a rear naked choke. This marked his third straight defeat since July 2021.
Costa’s UFC run wraps up with an overall record of two wins and four losses. He first joined the roster in 2019 at UFC 236. The high point of his campaign was a year-long stretch that saw him score a pair of first-round finish wins.