UFC Vegas 22 loses co-main event on just hours notice

Gregor Gillespie
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Tonight’s UFC Vegas 22 fight card just took a major hit as the scheduled co-main event between Gregor Gillespie and Brad Riddell has been cancelled.

Gillespie and Riddell were set to collide in a key lightweight bout, with the winner likely earning a top ranked opponent their next time out.

Unfortunately for fight fans Gregor Gillespie will no longer be throwing down with Brad Riddell this evening.

The UFC announced this afternoon the UFC Vegas 22 was called off due to required protocols protecting against the global pandemic.

Gregor Gillespie

Gregor Gillespie (13-1 MMA) was hoping to rebound at tonight’s event, this after suffering the first round of his career to Kevin Lee by way of knockout at UFC 244. Prior to that setback, ‘The Gift’ had rattled off thirteen straight wins, including five straight finishes under the UFC banner.

Meanwhile, Brad Riddell (9-1 MMA) was hoping to extend his current win streak to seven in a row with a win over Gillespie this evening at UFC Vegas 22. ‘Quake’ had earned a unanimous decision victory over Alex da Silva Coelho in his most recent effort this past September.

Tonight’s fight card is headlined by a middleweight scrap featuring surging division contender Kevin Holland taking on division veteran Derek Brunson.

Derek Brunson, Kevin Holland, UFC Vegas 22
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After losing tonight’s highly anticipated Gregor Gillespie and Brad Riddell co-headliner, UFC Vegas 22 is now down to a total of ten fights.

Get the full fight card listed below:

UFC Vegas 22 Main Card (7 pm ET)

Middleweight bout: Derek Brunson vs. Kevin Holland
Women’s strawweight bout: Cheyanne Buys vs. Montserrat Ruiz
Bantamweight bout: Gustavo Lopez vs. Adrian Yanez
Welterweight bout: Max Griffin vs. Song Kenan
Heavyweight bout: Tai Tuivasa vs. Harry Hunsucker

UFC Vegas 22 Preliminary Card (4 pm ET)

Women’s bantamweight bout: Macy Chiasson vs. Marion Reneau
Lightweight bout: Grant Dawson vs. Leonardo Santos
Middleweight bout: Roman Dolidze vs. Trevin Giles
Bantamweight bout: Montel Jackson vs. Jesse Strader
Flyweight bout: J.P. Buys vs. Bruno Silva

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