The most stacked UFC card of 2017 has taken its first hit, and it came in the final days before the event.
As reported first by MMAFighting.com, Henry Cejudo has suffered an injury to his hand that will force him out of his fight against Sergio Pettis on the main card of the upcoming Pay-Per-View event on Saturday evening.
Cejudo, who has lost two fights in a row after previously being unbeaten in his professional career, revealed that he hurt his hand in sparring a few weeks ago, but was told the hand was not broken. Cejudo did his best to work around the injury to close out his fight camp, but while working mits with his coach on Tuesday evening after arriving in Dallas, Texas, the former flyweight title challenger felt a sharp pain in his wrist, which prompted a trip to a hand specialist.
According to the statement on Instagram from Cejudo, the doctor told him he has a ruptured capsule, a cyst, and a possible torn ligament.
It is with regret that I have to announce I have had to pull out of my fight with Sergio Pettis this Saturday at UFC 211 due to injury. I really want to apologize to the fans and to Sergio Pettis for this unfortunate event. About two weeks ago I injured my hand sparring, and went to the doctor to get it examined after I was unable to grapple or punch. The doctor looked at x rays and informed me my hand wasn’t’ broken, so I assumed it was just bruised or sprained. I stopped using my hand for the next week and a half to allow it to rest as much as possible, and I had multiple prp treatments as well as an ultrasound in hopes of breaking up any build up or swelling. After arriving in Dallas on Tuesday evening, I hit mitts with my striking coach to get my timing down, and after I threw my first punch, a sharp pain shot through my wrist and hand. My team and I contacted the UFC to see if a cortisone shot would be allowed. The UFC sent me to a hand specialist, and he told me I had a cyst in my wrist as well as a ruptured capsule with the possibility of a tear in the ligament. He informed me the cortisone shot could possibly do more damage than any benefit and told me it would be insane to fight. He contacted the UFC doctors and informed them that my wrist and hand were unfit to fight this Saturday. I will schedule an appointment with a hand specialist next week and figure out the next course of action. Thank you and I will be back stronger than ever. #photogrid @photogridorg
In what would have been the highest-profile fight of Sergio Pettis’ career up to this point, the bout will not go forward as originally scheduled. This marks the second opponent in a row for Pettis that has suffered an injury resulting in a canceled bout, as Jussier Formiga had to pull from their matchup at UFC Fight Night 103 due to an ankle injury.
UFC 211 is now reduced to thirteen fights.
Replacing Cejudo vs. Pettis on the main card will be the matchup between David Branch and Krzysztof Jotko. Branch, the former dual-weight class champion under the World Series of Fighting banner, now makes his return to the UFC on the main card of the biggest card of the year thus far.
With weigh-ins still to come later this week, keep your fingers crossed that this incredible card will suffer no more casualties in the final hours.
UFC 211’s updated fight card lineup is as follows:
- (C) Stipe Miocic (16-2) vs. #4 Junior Dos Santos (18-4)
- (C) Joanna Jedrzejczyk (13-0) vs. #3 Jessica Andrade (16-5)
- #3 Demian Maia (24-6) vs. #5 Jorge Masvidal (32-11)
- #2 Frankie Edgar (20-5-1) vs. #7 Yair Rodriguez (11-1)
- #9 Krzysztof Jotko vs. David Branch (20-3)
- #3 Eddie Alvarez (28-5) vs. #9 Dustin Poirier (21-5)
- Chas Skelly (17-2) vs. Jason Knight (19-2)
- Jared Gordon (12-1) vs. Michel Quinones (8-1)
- Marco Polo Reyes (8-3) vs. James Vick (9-1)
UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
- #12 Jessica Aguilar (19-5) vs. Cortney Casey (6-3)
- Chase Sherman (9-3) vs. Rashad Coulter (8-1)
- Gabriel Benitez (19-6) vs. Enrique Barzola (13-3-1)
- Joachim Christensen (14-4) vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov (19-4)
James Gallagher out of Bellator 187 in Dublin due to injury
Irish fans will have to wait a little longer to see James Gallagher fighting on home soil after Gallagher suffered a knee injury in preparation for his main event fight with Jeremiah Labiano in Dublin next month. This bad news was first reported by MMAFighting.com.
The 20-year-old from Strabane co. Tyrone who trains in the famous SBG gym with Conor McGregor and Gunnar Nelson among others has set the featherweight division alight since joining Bellator in 2016. James “The Strabanimal” Gallagher has gone 3-0 with all three of his wins coming by rear naked choke.
After submitting Chinzo Machida, the brother of former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida in Madison Square Garden Gallagher has become a budding star for Bellator.
Due to the youngster’s attitude and potential, many comparisons between Gallagher and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor have been made by the fans and media which has made Gallagher one of Bellator’s most recognizable names. This notoriety has ultimately led to the young Irishman getting a chance to headline in Dublin this November but this injury has delayed his rise for the time being.
Gallagher on social media Thursday stated that he has suffered an injury to his PCL and LCL in his knee and would be out for the remainder of the year. He has assured fans we would return next year and carry on where he started with “The Jimmy show.”
His longtime rival AJ McKee, who has engaged in a Twitter war with Gallagher after his last fight, will now headline Bellator 187 in the 3 Arena in Dublin on November 10th against Gallagher’s SBG teammate Brian Moore. Moore will be making his third appearance for Bellator in this featherweight clash.
UFC 216: Paige VanZant Pulls Out of Fight with Jessica Eye
The UFC 216 card looks to have suffered a major blow as Paige VanZant has been pulled from the card citing a back injury, per Ariel Helwani.
VanZant (7-3) has not fought since losing to Michelle Waterson back in December 2016 and was scheduled to make her Flyweight debut against the unranked Jessica Eye.
As of, MMA Fighting, the number 10 ranked UFC Strawweight suffered an intervertebral disc injury whilst training jiu-jitsu, and was advised by her doctor to miss training for a few weeks.
Not only is this a major blow for VanZant as she looks to regain some momentum following her last outing, but it must be considered a huge blow for the UFC as VanZant is a popular figure who can contribute significantly to the buy rate.
Eye (11-6) will also be feeling hard done by on this occasion, as this marks the second time in a row her opponent has pulled out of scheduled bout, she was looking to make things right after suffering four defeats in a row.
The injury will not require surgery so there is a possibility of rescheduling the contest for a later date, although nothing has yet been mentioned. It remains to be seen whether Eye will wait, or ask to be rescheduled with a new opponent.
UFC 216 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on October 7th and is headlined by Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee for the Interim Lightweight Championship, it also features UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson as he takes on Ray Borg in his record eleventh title defence.
Germaine de Randamie out of UFC Fight Night 115
Former UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion Germaine de Randamie has been forced out of next weeks Fight Night event in Rotterdam. The Dutch fighter was set to fight Marion Reneau in the UFC’s return to the Netherlands. The news was first reported by MMA Junkie.
— Marion Reneau (@BelizeanBruiser) August 26, 2017
‘GDR’ won the Women’s Featherweight belt back in February after beating former Women’s bantamweight champion, Holly Holm. The kickboxer won the fight by a controversial decision after punching Holm after the bell in two rounds. Germaine also injured her hand in the fight and announced shortly after that she would need surgery. GDR never ended up getting the surgery and that same injury has now forced her out of the upcoming fight.
Germaine ended up getting her title stripped a few months later after she refused to defend the belt against the now current champion, Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. She told many reporters that she considered Cyborg a cheater after she ended up failing a drug test for performance enhancing drugs. After a lot of backlash from both fans and fighters, the UFC stripped her title and made a new title fight at UFC 214 between Cyborg and Tonya Evinger. Cyborg ended up winning the fight by TKO in the 3rd round.
The UFC plan on keeping her former opponent Marion Reneau on the card and are currently searching for a replacement opponent. Reneau is currently coming off of a majority draw against Brazilian fighter Bethe Correia. Reneau’s biggest win so far in the UFC is against Jessica Andrade in a fight she won by submission via triangle choke.
The card is currently headlined by a heavyweight fight between Stefan Struve and Alexander Volkov. The card takes place on September 2nd in Rotterdam, Netherlands and will stream exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.
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