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UFC Vegas 23 main card fight scratched due to COVID-19 protocols

Kyle Daukaus vs. Aliaskhab Khizriev is expected to be rescheduled.

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Kyle Daukaus vs. Aliaskhab Khizriev is off for UFC Vegas 23 due to COVID-19 Protocols
June M. Williams

The UFC Vegas 23 main card has just lost a fight.

Middleweight prospects Kyle Daukaus and Aliaskhab Khizriev will no longer be fighting on this Saturday’s card due to COVID-19 protocols. No further details were revealed by UFC officials, but the expectation is that we’ll see this fight rescheduled.

Daukaus (10-1) lost his UFC debut in a competitive and entertaining three-round battle with fellow prospect Brendan Allen. He notched his first win inside the Octagon via decision against Dustin Stoltzfus at UFC 255. Kyle is the younger brother of top-10 ranked UFC heavyweight contender Chris Daukaus,

Khizriev (13-0) was set to make his UFC debut after winning in just 50 seconds against Henrique Shiguemoto on Dana White’s Contender Series. His most notable win came under the Fight Nights Global banner in 2018 when he knocked out submission specialist and former UFC fighter Rousimar Palhares.

UFC Vegas 23 now just has 14 fights, with Marvin Vettori and Kevin Holland set to meet in the main event. The main card airs live on ABC, the promotion’s second event on the television network. It is not yet known if the UFC will bump a fight from the prelims to the main card or if they’ll just leave the main card at five fights.