Brad Tavares at UFC 283, Gregory Rodrigues is looking for a new opponent


Brad Tavares was forced to pull out of his UFC 283 fight with Gregory Rodrigues. “Robocop” now requires a new opponent.

MMA Fighting confirmed the news with a person close to Tavares after an initial report from SuperBook Sports.

UFC 283 takes place Jan. 21 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. For the preliminary card, Tavares vs. Rodrigues was scheduled. The reason for Tavares’ withdrawal was not disclosed; Rodrigues told SuperBook he hopes the UFC books him a new opponent.

Tavares was last seen in UFC 276,’s octagon, where he lost to Dricus Du Plessis. This ended a streak of two wins. Rodrigues was his opponent. The Dana White Contender Series vet earned a big win in a slugfest against Chidi Njokuani at UFC Vegas 60, upping his UFC record to 4-1 with finishes in three of his four wins.

UFC 283 is headlined by a fight for the vacant light heavyweight title between ex-champ Glover Teixeira and Jamahal Hill. The fight card now features 13 bouts.