UFC officials announced on Saturday that the fight was pulled due to COVID-19 protocols. The plan is to rebook the fight in the coming weeks, but no new date has been determined yet. A UFC official forwarded a new bout order to MMA Fighting that indicated the event’s new co-headliner is a welterweight bout, Max Griffin vs. Kenan Song.
Gillespie was returning to action after suffering the first loss of his career; the former NCAA National Champion wrestler fell to Kevin Lee by knockout in 2019.
As for Riddell, the City Kickboxing lightweight was looking for a signature win to add to his growing resume after going undefeated in his first three fights with the UFC.
The UFC Vegas 22 card will move ahead with 10 total bouts; a bantamweight bout between Julija Stoliarenko and Julia Avila was cancelled when Stoliarenko twice feinted at the weigh-ins. The event’s preliminary card is still expected to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET, and the main card kicks off at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+.