This week’s UFC PPV card has just taken another hard hit to the lineup. Alongside the news that a planned welterweight bout between Nate Diaz and Leon Edwards had to be pushed back to UFC 263 in June, it now seems that a top flight middleweight bout between Jack Hermansson and Edmen Shahbazyan has been forced from the card as well.
The news broke following a report from MMA DNA’s Marcel Dorff on Twitter, shortly confirmed thereafter by Shahbazyan himself.
I guess we wait another week... May 22 here we come! Back to Vegas!— The Golden Boy (@edmenshahbazyan) May 10, 2021
No reason for the change has been made as of yet. Hermansson was entering the bout fresh off a December loss to Marvin Vettori in the headlining slot of UFC Vegas 16. For Shahbazyan, this bout was to mark his first return to action since a TKO loss to Derek Brunson in August of last year.
UFC 262 is set to feature a fight for the vacant lightweight title between all-time UFC submission win leader Charles Oliveira and former Bellator champion Michael Chandler. A lightweight bout between former interim champ Tony Ferguson and Kings MMA talent Beneil Dariush is set for the co-main event.