Cody Garbrandt will need a new opponent for his return to bantamweight.
Rani Yahya (28-10-1 MMA, 13-4-1 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from their July 9 matchup at the UFC Apex due to a neck injury. It is unknown whether Garbrandt (12-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) will remain on the card.
A person with knowledge of the matchup recently informed MMA Junkie of the change after an initial report from MMA Fighting.
Garbrandt, who debuted at flyweight in his past outing, was looking to rebound from his first-round knockout loss to Kai Kara-France at UFC 269. The former bantamweight champion has lost five of six fights, with his lone win in that stretch coming in a buzzer-beater knockout of Raphael Assuncao in June 2020.
Brazil’s Yahya was looking to make it three straight after notching back-to-back wins with a submission of Ray Rodriguez followed by a unanimous decision over Kyung Ho Kang this past November at UFC Fight Night 198.
With the change, the July 9 lineup includes:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rafael Fiziev
Cody Garbrandt vs. TBA
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Nina Nunes
Cortney Casey vs. Antonina Shevchenko
Cody Brundage vs. Tresean Gore
Saidyokub Kakhramonov vs. Ronnie Lawrence
Said Nurmagomedov vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade
Jamie Pickett vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan
Caio Borralho vs. Armen Petrosyan
Sijara Eubanks vs. Maryna Moroz
Ricky Turcios vs. Aiemann Zahabi
Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Karl Roberson