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The game of musical chairs at the top of UFC 303 continues as Carlos Ulberg was forced out of his fight against Anthony Smith on June 29.

The biggest change at UFC 303 was the withdrawal of Conor McGregor, who will no longer face Michael Chandler in the main event due to an unspecified injury. That fight is reportedly set to take place later this year once “The Notorious” has recovered. Stepping in with two weeks' notice is light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira, who will have a rematch against Jiri Prochazka.

Now, the previous co-main event between Carlos Ulberg and Anthony Smith has also been cancelled. Australian MMA insider Benny P was the first to announce the change, although we currently have no indication as to why Ulberg cannot compete. Roman Dolidze is reportedly stepping in for Smith, but the UFC has not officially confirmed anything yet.

Dolidze has a 0-2 record over the past two years, losing by decision to Marvin Vettori and Nassourdine Imavov. Smith has a 2-2 record over the same time period, and his most recent fight was a submission win over highly touted up-and-coming prospect Vitor Petrino at UFC 301.

The 205-pound body fight has gone through a number of changes since UFC 303 was announced. It was originally supposed to be a fight between former champion Jamahal Hill and Khalil Rountree. Then Rountree withdrew due to a failed drug test and was replaced by Ulberg. Hill injured his knee and Ulberg was pitted against Smith. Now, 10th-ranked light heavyweight Smith will reportedly fight Dolidze, who is ranked 10th in the middleweight division.

Who knows why the UFC is suddenly hit with such a devastating injury spree, but hopefully this is the last major change just a week before the June 29 fight. Fortunately, the UFC has already taken steps to bolster the UFC 303 lineup. When they announced Pereira vs. Prochazka 2 as the new main event, they also added Brian Ortega vs. Diego Lopes as the new co-main event.

Let's just hope that neither featherweight (or the main fighter) goes unhurt in the next eight days.

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