Kyle Daukaus vs. Roman Dolidze Off UFC Vegas 42 Due to COVID-19 Protocols

John Allan and Roman Dolidze, UFC Vegas 16
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 05: (R-L) Roman Dolidze of Georgia punches John Allan of Brazil in a light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on December 05, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

The UFC Vegas 42 card has taken a late hit.

This weekend’s event was to see Kyle Daukaus (10-2, 1NC) face Roman Dolidze (9-1) in a promising middleweight fight. However, due to COVID-19 protocols, the fight has been removed from the card.

The issue appears to originate in Dolidze’s camp, and due to the close proximity of the event, a replacement fighter will not be sought.

MMA Fighting was first to report the news.

This is the second hiccup Daukaus has seen in regards to the bout. Initially, he was expected to face Kevin Holland in a rematch of the pair’s UFC Vegas 38 meeting last month. That fight ended in a No Contest due to an accidental clash of heads.

With plenty of eyeballs on the rematch, it was to be a big part of the UFC Vegas 42 card. However, Holland suffered an injury in training, forcing him out.

Dolidze then stepped up, looking to make it two in a row after his win over Laureano Staropoli in June.

There’s no word on whether the UFC might book the bout for further down the road, or perhaps go back to the original Daukaus vs. Holland pairing.

UFC Vegas 42 now moves forward with the following bouts:

Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodríguez
Ben Rothwell vs. Marcos Rogério de Lima
Felicia Spencer vs. Leah Letson
Song Yadong vs. Julio Arce
Thiago Moisés vs. Joel Álvarez
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Andrea Lee
Miguel Baeza vs. Khaos Williams
Sean Woodson vs. Collin Anglin
Cortney Casey vs. Liana Jojua
Marc Diakiese vs. Rafael Alves
Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Da Un Jung
Danilo Marques vs. Jailton Almeida