Many people who are aware of the situation, requesting anonymity as the promotion has not yet been announced, confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Sunday following the initial report ESPN.
It is unclear why Makhachev withdrew from the fight, which has already been rescheduled since it was decided last month. UFC 254; The bout was moved after DOS Anjos tested positive for COVID-19.
Unfortunately, for now unknown reasons Makhachev withdrew from the fight.
The search is currently underway to try out a new opponent to face Dos Anjos on Saturday night card from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The fight is expected to be useful as Das Anjos returns to the lightweight division after three years with 170 pounds of competition. Dos Anjos previously ruled as the lightweight champion after winning the belt in 2015.
Since the UFC has not made any official announcements regarding the card change and is just six days away from the event, the options are limited in terms of replacement competitors.
Dos Anjos did not take the time to fight former Bellator champion Michael Chandler, who signed with UFC as a free agent, but has not yet made his octagon debut.