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Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos is in search of a new opponent.

On Saturday, dos Anjos was supposed to face Rafael Fiziev in the pay-per-view co-main event of UFC 272. at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. But the fight has been scratched from the card due to Fiziev testing positive for COVID-19. The news was first reported by Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour and has since been confirmed by the management of both fighters.

Fiziev released a short statement on Twitter after news broke of the bout’s cancellation. He also fired back at dos Anjos.

I’m devastated to announce that I’m out of the fight. I had a great camp and was ready to put on the show, I flew all the way to Vegas from Thailand just to get sick with covid, for 3 days I’m in hotel bed with fever, bones pain and cough.

— Rafael “Ataman” Fiziev (@RafaelFiziev) February 28, 2022

I called out RDA and I still want that fight when my health will allow me to compete again. Apologies to him, but saying that I was faking it is complete nonsense. Time will put everything in place

— Rafael “Ataman” Fiziev (@RafaelFiziev) February 28, 2022

The lightweight bout originally was set to take place as the main event of UFC Vegas 48. However, the bout was postponed to UFC 272 after Fiziev encountered issues with acquiring a visa.

There is no word yet on a possible replacement opponent for dos Anjos, though the former UFC lightweight champion said on The MMA Hour that he does not want to “throw a fight camp away” and would fight “anybody” the UFC can find for him.

Dos Anjos most recently appeared in the octagon in November 2020, when he outpointed Paul Felder via split decision in his return to 155 pounds after a stint at welterweight.

Fiziev is on a five-fight winning streak that includes a wheel-kick knockout of Brad Riddell this past December.


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