Henry Cejudo var inbokad för att möta Sergio Pettis under UFC 211 som tar vid i helgen. Nu kan Cejudo dock bekräfta att han inte kommer kunna delta och boven i dramat är den handskada som han drog på sig i matchen mot Joseph Benavidez.
Enligt källor kommer Pettis att få sina s.k. ”showmoney” och behöver inte heller väga in. Pettis säger att han inte känner någon illvilja mot Cejudo men att han är mycket besviken då han lagt ned mycket tid på sina förberedelser:
“It’s a shitty feeling, man,” sade Pettis. “I’ve never had this happen to me before. I put so much time and effort into this camp. I was three days away from a performance of a lifetime.”
Den inställda matchen betyder att kortet nu har 13 matcher och att mellanviktsmötet mellan David Branch och Krzysztof Jotko nu kommer att sändas på Pay-per-view-delen av galan.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 11, 2017
Det här hade Cejudo att säga till MMA Fighting angående sin skada:
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.