The UFC’s debut in Chile has reportedly already lost its co-main event.
It looks like Mauricio Rua will need a new opponent on May 19th.
A report from Combate says that recent UFC light heavyweight title challenger Volkan Oezdemir will be unable to fight Shogun in the co-main event of the promotion’s debut event in Chile. According to the report, Oezdemir’s recent arrest on felony assault charges will prevent him from leaving the United States.
UFC officials have not announced anything as of Thursday.
Oezdemir (15-2) broke through as a contender with three consecutive wins over Ovince Saint Preux, Misha Cirkunov, and Jimi Manuwa, turning a short-notice UFC debut into a title shot. Given his chance against Daniel Cormier, the Swiss fighter lost by ground-and-pound TKO at UFC 220 in January.
Shogun (25-10) is on a three-fight winning streak, but he hasn’t fought since March 2017, when he scored a third-round TKO over Gian Villante. The former PRIDE and UFC champion was slated to rematch Ovince Saint Preux at UFC Japan last September, but had to withdraw due to injury.
UFC Fight Night: Chile is headlined by a welterweight bout between Santiago Ponzinibbio and Kamaru Usman. The night’s main card airs live on Fox Sports 1.