Teixeira-Johnson officially scrapped, Melendez-Barboza new co-headliner

The potential title eliminator bout between Glover Teixeira and Anthony Johnson has been officially scrapped from UFC on FOX 20, the UFC announced.

News broke last week that #2 ranked light-heavyweight Anthony Johnson withdrew from his co-main event bout against #3 ranked Glover Teixeira. Despite his initial plans to stay on the card and face a new opponent, Teixeira also had to withdraw from the bout for an undisclosed reason. Initially, it was unknown why Johnson pulled out of the fight but the UFC has revealed that he had to “tend to a serious family matter,” meaning he is not injured and should not be on the sidelines for too long. The UFC has decided to reschedule their fight for a future card.

The lightweight bout between Gilbert Melendez and Edson Barboza has been elevated to the co-main event as a result. Barboza (17-4), who is 4-2 in his six most recent outings, is coming off of the biggest win of his career over former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis at UFC 197. Melendez (22-5), on the other hand, will be making his return after serving a year-long suspension for failing a performance-enhancing drug test. He has gone 1-3 since entering the UFC with his most recent bouts being losses to then-champion Anthony Pettis and current title challenger Eddie Alvarez.

UFC on FOX 20 will be headlined by a bantamweight bout between former champion Holly Holm and #7 ranked Valentina Shevchenko. The event is set to take place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois on July 23.

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Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.

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