Gregor Gillespie vs. Brad Riddell Off UFC Vegas 22

Gregor Gillespie and Brad Riddell, UFC Vegas 22 face-off
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 19: (L-R) Opponents Gregor Gillespie and Brad Riddell of New Zealand face off during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on March 19, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

UFC Vegas 22 has lost its co-main event.

Early Saturday afternoon, UFC officials announced that the lightweight co-headliner between Gregor Gillespie and Brad Riddell had been removed from the card. “Due to COVID-19 protocols, the lightweight bout between Gregor Gillespie and Brad Riddell has been postponed to a later date,” a message posted to the promotion’s official website stated.

No specifics as to the nature of the COVID-19 protocols in question were given. No word on what later date might be available was given either.

The bout was the second scratched from the event in roughly twenty-four hours. On Friday, Julija Stoliarenko collapsed twice during the official weigh-in, resulting in her bantamweight fight with Julia Avila being cancelled.

With the loss of Gillespie vs. Riddell, the UFC Vegas 22 (UFC on ESPN 21) card moves forward with ten fights. While no official word was given in the update provided by the promotion on Saturday, the bout order on now shows welterweights Song Kenan and Max Griffin in the penultimate fight of the night.

Main Card

Derek Brunson vs. Kevin Holland
Song Kenan vs. Max Griffin
Cheyanne Buys vs. Montserrat Ruiz
Adrian Yanez vs. Gustavo Lopez
Tai Tuivasa vs. Harry Hunsucker

Preliminary card

Marion Reneau vs. Macy Chiasson
Leonardo Santos vs. Grant Dawson
Trevin Giles vs. Roman Dolidze
Montel Jackson vs. Jesse Strader
Bruno Silva vs. JP Buys