Two fighters leave July 30 event due to injury
The UFC 277 card has undergone some shakeups as Diego Ferreira and Mariya Agapova have been forced to pull out of their respective fights.
Ferreira has withdrawn from a planned lightweight clash against Drakkar Klose due to an undisclosed injury. The promotion is currently looking for a replacement opponent for Klose.
BJPenn.com was the first to report Ferreira’s exit.
Ferreira went 0-3 in 2021, falling to ranked lightweights Beneil Dariush, Gregor Gillespie and Mateusz Gamrot in succession. Prior to this slip-up, the Fortis MMA product had six consecutive fights in UFC competition from 2016-2020.
Klose has won four of his last five Octagon appearances. Most recently, the 34-year-old Fight Ready rep scored a second-round TKO of Brandon Jenkins at UFC on ESPN 34.
Elsewhere on the UFC 277 bill, Joselyne Edwards will replace Agapova and lock horns with Ji Yeon Kim in a women’s flyweight bout.
MMAFighting.com reported the news, adding that Agapova pulled out with a knee injury.
Edwards snapped a two-fight skid in her last outing, earning a unanimous verdict over Ramona Pascual at UFC 275 to improve to 2-2 during her tenure with the Las Vegas-based promotion.
Kim, meanwhile, is looking to end a three-game losing streak. She has competed once a year since 2020, failing against Alexa Grasso, Molly McCann and Priscila Cachoeira.
UFC 277 takes place July 30 at American Airlines Arena in Dallas and is headlined by a bantamweight championship rematch between Julianna Pena and Amanda Nunes. In the co-main event, Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara France will battle it out for the interim flyweight title.