Hakeem Dawodu Withdraws from UFC 257 Clash vs. Shane Burgos Due to Injury

By Tristen Critchfield Jan 9, 2021

UFC 257 has lost an intriguing featherweight bout, as Hakeem Dawodu has withdrawn from a proposed Jan. 23 matchup with Shane Burgos due to a shoulder injury.

MMAjunkie.com was first to report Dawodu’s exit, and MMAFighting.com reported that Burgos will not remain on the card against a replacement opponent. UFC 257 takes place on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi and is headlined by a lightweight tilt pitting Conor McGregor against Dustin Poirier.

Dawodu is currently on a five-bout winning streak within the Las Vegas-based promotion. Most recently, the 29-year-old muay Thai specialist earned a split-decision victory against Zubaira Tukhugov at UFC 253 on Sept. 26.

Burgos, meanwhile, had a three-fight winning streak snapped in a unanimous decision defeat to Josh Emmett at UFC on ESPN 11 on June 20.

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