Zabit Magomedsharipov and Yair Rodriguez have been rebooked to fight.
The two have been linked to a bout for years and they were booked once again to headline the August 29 card. Yet, Rodriguez was forced to withdrew due to a high ankle sprain. Magomedsharipov then went back to Russia after not getting a replacement opponent.
Now, according to Russian MMA reporter, Igor Lazorin, the fight has been rebooked for UFC 254 on October 24.
Zabit Magomedsharipov is riding a very impressive 14-fight winning streak and has not lost since 2013. Inside the Octagon, the Russian is 6-0 but has not fought since he beat Calvin Kattar by decision last November. Before that, he picked up a decision win over Jeremy Stephens and a submission win over Brandon Davis.
Yair Rodriguez, meanwhile, beat Stephens last time out by decision at UFC Boston following a no-contest due to accidental eye pokes with Stephens. Before that, he scored a last-second KO over Korean Zombie in the main event of UFC Denver. It got him back into the win column after a TKO loss to Frankie Edgar.
The good news for UFC fans is the fight has been rebooked as it is a scrap that has been highly-anticipated. Yet, the bad news is, given it is on UFC 254 it will only be three rounds, as many wanted to see how Zabit Magomedsharipov does in a five-round fight.