UFC Fighter Released From Roster Due to Medical Reasons

Published 02/10/2021, 7:23 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 05: Askar Askar poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on February 05, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


The UFC has released Askar Askar after the fighter faced medical issues that scratched his proposed bout against bantamweight contender, Cody Stamann, this weekend at UFC Fight Night 184. Askar was due to face Stamann in a featherweight contest. Despite successfully making weight for the featherweight bout, Askar wasn’t allowed to compete in the contest.

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TSN reporter, Aaron Bronsteter, reported about the release of the former LFA contender who was seeking to make his Octagon debut this past weekend. Meanwhile, the fighter is looking to get medically cleared and re-signed by the promotion. However, no official statement has been issued by the fighter or his management team yet on the incident.

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Askar last competed under the LFA promotion in October 2020, defeating Kevin Wirth. That win opened up the door for the promising fighter with a chance to fight for the world’s premier MMA organization. He was given the chance to fight a known name like Stamann upon his debut.

The medical issue that caused the setback is unclear, and MMA fans will keep an eye out for a statement from either the UFC, the fighter, or his camp.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 05: (L-R) Opponents Cody Stamman and Brian Kelleher face off during the UFC 250 weigh-in at UFC APEX on June 05, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Stamann too is stuck in the mud due to bout falling out. But, one can expect ‘The Spartan’ to be back in action soon as he will be ready to go as early as possible.

Who is Askar Askar?

Midwest Training Center prodigy, Askar, came into the UFC with a record of 11-1. Out of 11 wins, he claimed 5 via T/KO and one via submission. Generally a bantamweight fighter, Askar was set to make his UFC debut at a higher weight class.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 05: (L-R) Opponents Cody Stamann and Askar Askar face off during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on February 05, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Many touted him as a promising star and the potential next big thing. However, things have changed a lot and he will have to get medically cleared, before attempting to fight his way back into the UFC.

What did you make of this unexpected turn of events? What’s the next move for Cody Stamann too?

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