BREAKING: UFC Cancel Co-Main Fight Between Jeremy Stephens and Drakkar Klose at UFC Vegas 24

Published 04/17/2021, 8:12 PM EDT


UFC lightweight Drakkar Klose is out of his co-main event booking against Jeremy Stephens due to an undisclosed medical issue. The news of his removal from the fight card official came from the broadcast booth as the preliminary card got underway. However, rumblings came in just before that, and now the fight has officially been scrapped.

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UFC heavyweights Andrei Arlovski vs Chase Sherman assume the position of the co-main event following the removal of Stephens vs Klose. What’s more, the cancelation is a huge disappointment, especially after seeing the explosive stare down. Things got rather heated as both fighters faced off making for a potential ‘Fight of the Night’ candidate.

The fight card is headlined by Robert Whittaker vs Kelvin Gastelum and this bout is sure to draw in many eyeballs. However, the rest of the card leaves something to be desired in terms of name value. Jeremy Stephens vs Drakkar Klose certainly fit the bill of name-value fighters, however, it wasn’t to be.

UFC lightweight fighter overview: Jeremy Stephens vs Drakkar Klose

‘Lil Heathen’ was looking to make a much need statement against Klose after going 0-4-1 in his last five fights. Chiefly, his UFC run was somewhat in jeopardy with another loss, however, his guts and glory style is definitely fan-friendly. Moreover, Stephens moving up from featherweight to lightweight was also one under the radar narrative heading into the fight.

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Drakkar Klose is coming off a loss to Beneil Dariush from all the way back in March 2020. Prior to his KO defeat, he was on a three-fight unanimous decision streak with some solid performances under this belt. However, fans have witnessed a dip in his activity rate and this is something he’ll be looking to pick back up.

Fans will be hoping that Drakkar Klose receives the required medical attention and the fight can be rebooked. Both men are vying to get at each other and after their explosive face-off, they definitely need to square off. However, as it stands, the fight card will proceed with 10 fights on the preliminary and main card.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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