UFC Cancels a Fight – Two Fighters Miss Weight Ahead of UFC on ESPN 13

Published 07/14/2020, 2:02 PM EDT
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The demons of weight cutting have haunted UFC’s midweek fight plans. The fighters fighting on UFC on ESPN 13 took to the scale a while earlier today. Two fighters missed weight. Moreover, the UFC had to remove one fight altogether due to complications arising from a weight cut that went south.

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A fight between featherweight contenders Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige will headline Wednesday’s event. Both the fighters made weight with Kattar weighing-in at 146 lbs and Ige at 145 lbs. The co-main event will be headlined by a fight between former title contender Tim Elliott and Ryan Benoit. The two flyweights weighed-in within the limit making the fight official.

Chris Fishgold weighed in three pounds over the non-title featherweight limit of 146 pounds. He will face Jared Gordon. Just like Fishgold, welterweight Abdul Razak Alhassan weighed in three pounds over the non-title weight limit of 171 pounds. Both the fighters will have to relinquish twenty percent of their purse.

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Alhassan is returning to the Octagon after a 676-days long layoff from the sport. The knockout artist was indicted in September 2018 on charges related to the alleged rapes of two women in one night in March 2018. However, a Texas jury found Alhassan not guilty of the charges in March earlier this year.

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With a record of 10-1 in his professional career, Alhassan was on his way to becoming a top contender in the welterweight division. With his personal life sorted, Alhassan will be looking to pick up from where he left off. Despite not making weight, he can announce his comeback with a dominant victory.

UFC removes light heavyweight Kenneth Bergh from the event

A product of Dana White Contender Series, Kenneth Bergh had a bad weight cut heading into his fight against Jorge Gonzalez. The UFC deemed him medically unfit. Hence, it went on to remove the short-notice addition to the event.

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Kenneth Berg / Photo by Cage Warriors / Dolly Clew

The Norwegian Bergh appeared on Dana White Contender Series last year in September. He lost in the first-round via submission at the hands of Antonio Trocoli. However, the decision was later overturned to a no-contest as Bergh’s opponent tested positive for a banned substance. With the fight removed, Bergh will have to wait a bit longer for his UFC debut.

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Rishabh Singh

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Rishabh Singh is an MMA author at EssentiallySports since 2020. An engineer in the making, his love for combat sports began by watching Anderson Silva light people up inside the Octagon. When he isn't busy in his technical pursuits, he is an avid reader with a love for sports in general and sporting history in particular.

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