The UFC’s long-awaited return to Canada has taken another hit.
A person with knowledge of the withdrawal recently informed MMA Junkie but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement.
Daukaus (12-6 MMA, 4-3 UFC) was enthused to make his debut at 205 pounds, a move he hinted at prior to his final fight at heavyweight. He would’ve entered UFC 289 looking to snap a three-fight skid.
It is unclear if Rountree (11-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) will remain on the card, but if he does, he’ll seek his fourth straight victory after consecutive wins over Modestas Bukauskas, Karl Roberson, and Dustin Jacoby.
With the change, the UFC 289 lineup includes:
Amanda Nunes vs. Irene Alanda – for women’s bantamweight title
Beneil Dariush vs. Charles Oliveira
Dan Ige vs. Nate Landwehr
Adam Fugitt vs. Mike Malott
Eryk Anders vs. Marc-Andre Barriault
Jasmine Jasudavicius vs. Miranda Maverick
Diana Belbita vs. Maria Oliveira
Blake Bilder vs. Kyle Nelson
David Dvorak vs. Stephen Erceg
Chris Curtis vs. Nassourdine Imavov
Lucas Almeida vs. Hakeem Dawodu
Aiemann Zahabi vs. Aori Qileng
Khalil Rountree vs. TBA
For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC 289.