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One of the bantamweight division’s rising prospects will have to wait a little bit longer for his fourth UFC appearance.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Randy Costa announced his withdrawal Monday from UFC 259 due to an undisclosed injury. Costa (6-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) was supposed to fight Trevin Jones on the preliminary card of the March 6 event.
The UFC is currently seeking a replacement opponent to fight Jones (13-6 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
Costa, 26, didn’t specify his injury, though he said it’s nagged him for weeks before a flare-up caused him to pull out of the fight. He will undergo physical therapy as he plans for a May return.
Thank you for all the continued love and support. Just a small bump in the road.
I’ll be good for May and intend/hope to be fighting then.
— Randy Costa (@RandyCosta135) February 15, 2021
UFC 259 takes place Saturday, March 6 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The main card streams on ESPN+ pay-per-view after prelims on ESPN/ESPN+.
With the change, the UFC 259 lineup now includes:
Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya – for light heavyweight title
Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson – for women’s featherweight title
Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling – for bantamweight title
Aleksandar Rakic vs. Thiago Santos
Drew Dober vs. Islam Makhachev
Dominick Cruz vs. Casey Kenney
Kyler Phillips vs. Song Yadong
Askar Askarov vs. Joseph Benavidez
Amanda Lemos vs. Livinha Souza
Sean Brady vs. Jake Matthews
Trevin Jones vs. TBA
Aalon Cruz vs. Uros Medic
Tim Elliott vs. Jordan Espinosa
Rogerio Bontorin vs. Kai Kara-France
Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Carlos Ulberg