The cardboard for UFC Vegas 14 has taken one other hit hours earlier than the preliminary card kicked off. The middleweight bout between Eryk Anders and Antonio Arroyo was cancelled after the previous withdrew from the combat citing ‘well being points’.
Anders was discovered to be 1.5 kilos over the divisional weight restrict at Friday’s weigh-in occasion. This violation meant that he could be fined 20 p.c of his purse.
In a tweet that insinuated that his restoration from the load lower did not go properly, Anders defined the scenario to his followers. Anders wrote:
Hey guys, sadly, because of points regarding my well being I used to be compelled to withdraw from tonight’s combat in opposition to Arroyo. I’m recovering and sit up for getting again to motion ASAP. Thanks, everybody, to your love and assist.
Anders was trying to bounce again from a defeat to Polish grappler Krzysztof Jotko on the ‘UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris’ occasion of Might 2020. The Filipino Anders misplaced through a unanimous choice.
It implies that tonight’s UFC Vegas 14 occasion is down to 10 fights.
Paul Felder units an instance for Anders and co. by efficiently chopping weight on 5 days’ discover
The sooner insinuation of a card affected by schedule points was referring to the principle occasion of the night. Rafael dos Anjos was at all times going to be combating within the closing combat of the night time. Nonetheless, his unique opponent was Islam Makhachev.
When Makhachev needed to pull out of the combat with lower than one week to go till the occasion, it appeared just like the occasion was in bother. The Russian fighter’s staph an infection appeared as if it will go away the cardboard with a gaping gap.
Fortunately for the UFC, Paul Felder was coaching for his triathlon. The veteran fighter was thought-about to be semi-retired from MMA, making waves as a color commentator at UFC occasions. Nonetheless, when the chance to headline a card opened up, Felder could not resist taking it. RDA would combat ‘The Irish Dragon’.
Felder was in good condition however he nonetheless had work to do with the intention to make weight for the combat. With simply 5 days to go, he nonetheless had 14 kilos to drop. Anybody doubting Felder would have felt foolish when he stepped on to the scales on Friday. He had efficiently made the lower with minimal fuss. An exemplary professional.
Revealed 15 Nov 2020, 00:33 IST