The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is getting ready to present their final card for 2017 as they return to Las Vegas on December 30th for UFC 219. However, the stacked card has already taken a hit and lost one of it’s most highly anticipated match ups as Emil Meek and Kamaru Usman is officially off the card.
The news of Emil Meek possibly being removed from the card due to visa issues came to light a few weeks ago but the promotion was hopeful that it could be worked out.
“Dear army… I just received information that my Visa is having some delays and that UFC might have to reschedule my next fight if I am not cleared within few days.” said Meek on social media.
Kamaru Usman and Emil Meek represent the new breed of UFC welterweight fighters and are two of the most highly touted competitors in the promotion. The UFC is looking to re-book the fight on the upcoming UFC 220 card at the TD Garden in Boston which is headlined by UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou.
Ariel Helwani spoke about the UFC 219 change on Twitter earlier.
“UFC is hoping to reschedule Kamaru Usman x Emil Meek for UFC 220 in Boston on 1/20, sources say.” Helwani stated. “Should be finalized soon. Fellow African-born fighters (and friends) Usman and Francis Ngannou on the same card in high-profile fights.”
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UFC is hoping to reschedule Kamaru Usman x Emil Meek for UFC 220 in Boston on 1/20, sources say. Should be finalized soon. Fellow African-born fighters (and friends) Usman and Francis Ngannou on the same card in high-profile fights.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 13, 2017