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Ciryl Gane out of UFC 249 fight with Shamil Abdurakhimov

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Heavyweight prospect Ciryl Gane is out of UFC's upcoming show in Brooklyn, New York.
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Shamil Abdurakhimov needs a new opponent for UFC 249 after Ciryl Gane announced on social media he will not be able to fight on April 18.

According to Gane, he’s been “struck by another pneumothorax during training” and is “impossible” to be 100 percent by the time of the fight.

Abdurakhimov (20-5) is looking to bounce back from a loss to Curtis Blaydes in September. The 38-year-old heavyweight holds a UFC record of 5-3 with wins over the likes of Andrei Arlovski, Marcin Tybura and Walt Harris.

Gane improved to 6-0 in MMA with a trio of UFC victories against Raphael Pessoa, Dontale Mayes and Tanner Boser in a four-month span in 2019, but will be forced to wait on the sidelines before his fourth Octagon appearance is booked.

UFC 249 is scheduled for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson as the headlining attraction. The co-main event sees former strawweight queens Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas in a rematch.

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