UFC 270 Loses Movsar Evloev vs. Ilia Topuria

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 09: Ilia Topuria of Germany poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in on October 09, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

UFC 270 has lost a fantastic featherweight match-up.

On Tuesday, Ilia Topuria announced on his Twitter that his fight with Movsar Evloev is off of UFC 270 on January 22.

Bad news! @MovsarUFC is out. We already knew that this was gonna happen. @Dynamitedan808, are you up for a fight? Let me know ASAP and if you are down, hope to see you on January 22. Let’s go,” Topuria wrote.

Cageside Press confirmed the news with a source familiar with the situation. Evloev’s withdrawal was due to illness.

Topuria vs. Ige is an awesome fight; however, according to Cole Shelton, Ige is not available. He reported that “Dan Ige will NOT be stepping in to fight Ilia Topuria at #UFC270, he tells me. He says he’s legitimately minutes away from hopping on a plane to go to Hawaii with his wife and son to visit family and go back home.”

Ariel Helwani has also reported that the UFC plans to keep the Georgian on the pay-per-view.
Topuria (11-0) has been terrific so far in the UFC. In his UFC debut, he defeated Youssef Zalal via unanimous decision, and then two months later, he knocked out Damon Jackson. In his only fight in 2021, he became the only man to defeat Ryan Hall in the UFC and did so via first round knockout.
UFC 270 takes place next week in Anaheim California. The card currently consists of the following bouts:
Francis Ngannou (c) vs. Ciryl Gane – for the UFC heavyweight championship
Brandon Moreno (c) vs. Deiveson Figueiredo – for the UFC flyweight championship
Ilia Topuria vs. TBD
Greg Hardy vs. Alexey Oleynik
Cody Stamann vs. Said Nurmagomedov
Rodolfo Vieira vs. Wellington Turman
Raoni Barcelos vs. Victor Henry
Tony Gravely vs. Saimon Oliveira
Jack Della vs. TBD
Poliana Botelho vs. Ji Yeon Kim
Matt Frevola vs. Genaro Valdez
Trevin Giles vs. Michael Morales
Kay Hansen vs. Jasmine Jasudavicius
AJ Dobson vs. Jacob Malkoun

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