Damon Jackson needs a new opponent.
On Wednesday, Jackson’s scheduled featherweight opponent T.J. Laramie announced that he has been forced to withdraw from their May 1 UFC Fight Night encounter. The 23-year-old Canadian did not go into detail as to why he is out of the fight, writing, “I’ll be back as soon as I’m healthy” on Instagram.
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This was to be Laramie’s second UFC appearance after a disappointing debut against Darrick Minner in September. Laramie, a top prospect out of Ontario, Canada, was forced to tap to a guillotine choke just 52 seconds into round one. The loss snapped a four-fight winning streak, including a victory over Daniel Swain on the Contender Series that earned Laramie a UFC contract.
Jackson also seeks to rebound from a loss in his most recent appearance. The veteran is 1-1 in his second stint with the UFC, having scored a surprising first-round submission of Mirsad Bektic in his return to the promotion in September, and then losing by first-round KO to unbeaten featherweight Ilia Topuria three months later.