Middleweight prospect Israel Adesanya will be in need of a new opponent next month, as UFC president Dana White has revealed Brad Tavares has been forced to withdraw from their scheduled contest.
According to the UFC boss, Tavares broke his foot early Thursday morning, and as such will be out of the Adesanya fight, which was scheduled for the TUF 27 Finale on July 6.
“Brad Tavares — I don’t think anyone knows this yet — but Brad Tavares just this morning broke his foot,” White said, speaking with TMZ. “He’s out of that fight now with Israel. We’re looking to put somebody new in with this kid and I’m excited about him.”
White also revealed that he may have a replacement already sorted in Thiago Santos, but seemed prepared to wait before making that new bout official.
“Thiago Santos said he will accept the fight, but I’m still looking to still figure this thing out,” White said. “Injuries are killing me, man. Killing me.”
Dana White appeared on Stadium shortly after his original comments to clarify he’s now heard Tavares will actually be able to compete, and the doctor had made an error in diagnosis.
— Stadium (@WatchStadium) June 7, 2018