Zalal broke the news in an Instagram post late Wednesday with a picture of himself and Choi captioned, “February 6.”
Anglin, who was looking to make his UFC debut against Choi, also shared to his Instagram followers late Tuesday stating that his debut will have to wait. “Unfortunately my debut has been postponed,” Anglin said in the photo caption. “I’ll continue working hard and growing in the gym, and hopefully I will be making my walk to the Octagon soon.”
Parry Punch has reached out to Anglin and his manager for a statement regarding what caused this sudden change of events. We are still waiting on a response at this time as this story is still developing.
Zalal and Anglin both belong to the same management company, Iridium Sports Agency. It appears that they offered the fight to Zalal in an attempt to save the card from losing a bout after Anglin pulled out.
Zalal (10-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Ilia Topuria, last October at UFC Fight Island 5. Prior to that he was off to a hot start, going 3-0 in his first three fights with the UFC.
Choi (8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) picked up his first UFC victory in his last bout against Suman Mokhtarian at UFC Fight Night Busan, in December 2019. Prior to that he was off to a rough start after losing his first two fights with the UFC.
UFC Vegas 18 will be headlined by a five-round heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Aleksander Volkov.