Hilo's Brad Tavares says that his UFC main event debut will indeed take place this summer.
"As it stands right now, the fight July 6 against Israel (Adesanya) is 100% on" Tavares told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello on Sunday.
Confusion regarding Tavares' highly anticipated middleweight bout began this past Thursday when UFC President Dana White told TMZ that Tavares had broken his foot and was forced to pull out of the fight.
"As far as I go and it goes, it was never in question. It was a lot of just miscommunication and misinformation between I guess, some officials and some medical personnel, but the fight, it was never , at no point did I say I couldn't fight or didn't intend to fight or anything like that. It was just one little thing and it blew up into a whole big thing but yeah, as it stands right now, the fight is on 100%" said Tavares.
"The morning that all this whole thing when Dana spoke to I guess, I haven't even seen or heard the interview. That morning I spoke to Mick Maynard who was the matchmaker, the one who basically put the fight together and we had a good conversation. I spoke to him and then later everyone started blowing me up. I think even you had texted me and at first I thought maybe the media ran something and it blew up, but then I found out Dana had said something. Looking at the situation again, it was just a lot of miscommunication and a lot of misinformation"
Tavares, who says he was never told by anyone in the UFC that he would bot be fighting, is 16-4 in his career and riding a four fight winning streak. Currently ranked eighth in the UFC middleweight division he acknowledged that he is dealing with an undisclosed injury, however, it would not prevent him from being able to fight and at no point was he told by the UFC or anyone else that he would not be able to fight in July.
Adesanya, an accomplished kick-boxer is considered a rising star in the UFC is 13-0 in his mixed martial arts career.
"It's definitely something I've never dealt with in my career but if we can take anything away from this, it's that it just added more buzz to the fight. It's Dana, he has a huge platform talking about the fight and maybe it's not in the most positive way that you would want it but hey, it's fine. It is what it is. We'll take it at that. Again, fight is still on, I'm ready to go out there and represent myself, my team, and Hawaii" said Tavares.
The Ultimate Fighter Finale is set for July 6 in Las Vegas at the Palms' Pearl Theatre. The main card will be televised on Fox Sports 1.
Also on that card will be Waianae's Rachel Ostovich against Montana De La Rosa in the women's flyweight division.
The next night at the T-Mobile Arena, Waianae's Max Holloway will defend his featherweight title against Brian Ortega as the co-main event of UFC 226. The undercard will feature Makaha's Yancy Medeiros against Mike Perry in the welterweight division.