UFC: Terrance McKinney vs. Fares Ziam Back on for Feb. 26

Terrance McKinney and Fares Ziam, UFC
Terrance McKinney and Fares Ziam, UFC Vegas 43 Face-Off Credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press

After seeing their fight fall through last month, lightweights Terrance McKinney and Fares Ziam have a new date.

McKinney’s management, Iridium Sports, announced on Friday that the pair had been rebooked to fight on the UFC’s February 26, 2022 card. Cageside Press later confirmed the booking with a source familiar with the situation.

Originally scheduled for UFC Vegas 43, a positive COVID-19 test from McKinney saw the bout pulled from that card.

McKinney (11-3) has won four straight fights. That includes his octagon debut last time out, which saw “T.Wrecks” stop Matt Frevola in just seven seconds at UFC 263. The finish was the fastest in UFC lightweight history.

It was a feelgood moment for McKinney, whose backstory includes nearly dying after a drug overdose, after falling into drug use as a student. More accurately, according to paramedics who attended to him, he actually died twice on the way to hospital.

Fares Ziam (12-3) has won two straight, and is 1-2 inside the octagon thus far in his Ultimate Fighting Championship career. Last time out, he picked up a majority decision win against Luigi Vendramini, also at UFC 263.

The UFC’s February 26, 2022 event does not yet have a location, venue, or broadcast plan officially announced. Thus far, the following bouts have been reported for the card:

Islam Makhachev vs. Beneil Dariush
Ignacio Bahamondes vs. Zhu Rong
Hannah Goldy vs. Jinh Yu Frey
Beneil Dariush vs. Islam Makhachev
Arman Tsarukyan vs. Joel Álvarez
Misha Cirkunov vs. Makhmud Muradov
Victor Altamirano vs. Carlos Hernández
Terrance McKinney vs. Fares Ziam