Guram Kutateladze Shares a Message After His Canceled Bout at UFC Fight Night

Published 07/03/2021, 1:23 PM EDT


Don Madge was scheduled for a fight against Guram Kutateladze at UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs. Moises on July 17. This was the second time UFC tried to set up a lightweight contest between the two fighters. But lightning struck twice for the promotion as Guram Kutateladze has again pulled off due to an injury and an ongoing visa issue. ‘Georgian Viking’ announced the bad news on his social media account.

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Kutateladze writes “My upcoming fight is postponed /cancelled for the second time. It is very unfortunate. Cause of different several reasons, injury and US visa issues. But as I understand, that’s the barriers I have to go through and that’s my path. Apologies to my opponent, to the @ufc and @seanshelby . Thanks to my team, family and true supporters.”

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Previously Kutateladz and Don Madge were booked to fight at UFC Fight Night on March 13. But a few days before the fight Kutateladz had to go through knee surgery after he suffered a torn left meniscus. UFC couldn’t find an opponent for the South African as the fight got scrapped.

Guram Kutateladze the third blow for UFC Fight Night on July 17

This came in as the third straight blow for the Fight Night Card after Herbert Burns and Amir Albazi. Herbert Burns was about to meet Billy Quarantillo in the 145 lbs showdown but Burns suffered a torn ACL, forcing him to step out of the fight. But good news arrived early as Gabriel Benitez stepped up as a replacement fighter and now will fight Billy Quarantillo.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 19: Amir Albazi of Iraq celebrates after his submission victory over Malcolm Gordon of Canada in their bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 19, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The second blow came as Amir Albazi was about to battle Ode Osbourne in a flyweight contest. Osbourne was all set to make his UFC flyweight debut but his opponent Albazi pulled off, leaving Ode Osbourne opponent less.

UFC Fight Night card for July 17

Potential fight card as per Sherdog:

155 lbs.: Islam Makhachev vs. Thiago Moises (Lightweight contest) main-event 

135 lbs.: Marion Reneau vs. Miesha Tate (Women’s Bantamweight contest) co main-event 

155 lbs.: Mateusz Gamrot vs. Jeremy Stephens (Lightweight contest)

185 lbs.: Rodolfo Vieira vs Dustin Stoltzfus (Middleweight contest)

170 lbs.: Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Daniel Rodriguez (Welterweight contest)

145 lbs.: Billy Quarantillo vs. Gabriel Benitez (Featherweight contest)

185 lbs.: Phil Hawes vs. Deron Winn (Middleweight contest)

115 lbs.: Amanda Lemos vs. Montserrat Ruiz (Women’s Strawweight contest)

135 lbs.: Sergey Morozov vs. Khalid Taha (Bantamweight contest)

125 lbs.: Francisco Figueredo vs. Malcolm Gordon (Flyweight contest)

135 lbs.: Anderson dos Santos vs. Miles Johns (Bantamweight contest)

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265 lbs.: Alan Baudot vs. Rodrigo Nascimento (Heavyweight contest)

155 lbs.: Don Madge vs (N/A) (Lightweight contest)

125 lbs.: Ode Osbourne vs (N/A) (Flyweight contest)

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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