A UFC star canceled his fight on Saturday after he discovered he was injured at the prior day’s pre-fight promotional face-off. UFC lightweight contender Drakkar Klose was supposed to lock horns with Jeremy Stephens in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 24, but Klose was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury.
You can watch the controversial shove from Friday’s weigh-in ceremony below. About the incident, Klose said, “I immediately felt my hand go numb and neck tighten up…”.
Tonight’s Jeremy Stephens x Drakkar Klose fight has been canceled, per the broadcast.
Klose suffered an injury as a result of this push at yesterday’s official weigh-ins, per sources. Specific injury details not disclosed at this time. pic.twitter.com/ImbpMQxHur
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 17, 2021
Klose Explains Injury
Klose later revealed more information about his injury via social media. Klose said he immediately felt the injury just as soon as Stephens pushed him.
— Drakkar Klose (@drakkarklose) April 17, 2021
He posted, “After I was pushed by Jeremy at UFC Faceoffs, I immediately felt my hand go numb and neck tighten up. Sean Selby and the UFC officials sent me to the [Performance Istitute] to get worked on by the UFC [Physical Therapy] staff for 2 hours.”
Still, Klose believed he’d be able to fight on Saturday. But no matter what he or the people around him tried, the fighter just couldn’t recover well enough from the violent way his body reacted to the shove on Friday to fight on Saturday’s card.
He posted, “I spent the night eating, rehydrating, stretching and even saw PT staff later that night. I [woke] up early this morning with a migraine/headache, nausea and the only thing that made me feel better was laying in the dark UFC got me medicine and I rested for a couple hours before getting up and vomiting. It was at that point we called the UFC doctor and he made the decision to send me to the hospital.”
Klose Apologizes As UFC Gets Set to Rebook Fight for Later Date
Klose apologized to his fans for pulling out of the fight at the last minute.
He posted, “I’m sorry to everyone who was excited for this fight, I tried to do everything I could to say in this fight, but these issues are out of my control.”
According to ESPN, the fight will be rebooked as soon as possible.
Per UFC, tonight’s canceled Stephens/Klose bout will be rebooked as soon as possible.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 17, 2021
When that happens, UFC fans should probably hope both fighters keep their hands to themselves until they hop into the Octagon.
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