Tate (19-8 MMA, 6-5 UFC), a former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, needs a new opponent for Saturday’s card after Lauren Murphy (5-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) was forced to withdraw for undisclosed reasons.
The promotion announced during Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 38 broadcast that the fight had been canceled, but did not provide additional details.
MMA Junkie subsequently verified with a person close to the situation that Murphy is out, and the promotion is “searching hard” for a replacement to step in and fight Tate on short notice. The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
It the replacement search proves unsuccessful, it’s possible the matchup with Murphy could be rescheduled to a later date, perhaps as soon as one of the UFC’s other events in July.
Sunday, Murphy posted on Twitter that the hope was to do just that with a rescheduled fight July 16 at the UFC’s event on Long Island.
Thanks everyone for the well wishes and concern. I am okay. Unfortunately due to a circumstance out of my control, I am unable to compete next weekend. The UFC is trying to rebook the fight on Long Island July 16.
We are just waiting for Miesha to confirm.
— Lauren Murphy (@LaurenMurphyMMA) June 26, 2022
UFC 276 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ABC, as well as early prelims on ESPN+.
The latest UFC 276 lineup now includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET)
Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier – for middleweight title
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway – for featherweight title
Miesha Tate vs. opponent TBA
Alex Pereira vs. Sean Strickland
Pedro Munhoz vs. Sean O’Malley
PRELIMINARY CARD (ABC/ESPN/ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)
Brad Riddell vs. Jalin Turner
Bryan Barberena vs. Robbie Lawler
Ian Garry vs. Gabe Green
Donald Cerrone vs. Jim Miller
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET)
Uriah Hall vs. Andre Muniz
Maycee Barber vs. Jessica Eye
Dricus Du Plessis vs. Brad Tavares
Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Julija Stoliarenko