As if losing endless fights to COVID-19 in fight week wasn’t bad enough, the UFC still has to deal with ridiculous last-minute fight cancellations due to a variety of other insane reasons. Take, for example, Saturday’s UFC Vegas 24 event, which lost its co-feature between Jeremy Stephens and Drakkar Klose after Stephens pushed Klose during weigh-ins.
It turns out that unexpectedly pushing someone who has just become severely dehydrated to gain weight is a bad idea, because the shoving resulted in a cervical neck sprain (whiplash) and a concussion.
All of this was confirmed by a CT scan and the hospital diagnosis Klose was sent to after he woke up disoriented and vomiting on the day of the fight.
Here’s Klose’s statement shortly after the fight was officially canceled at the start of the UFC Vegas 24 broadcast:
So an entertaining 5 seconds of drama during weigh-in cost us the co-main event. It just doesn’t seem like a fair deal, and we have to wonder if the UFC is going to crack down more now against pre-fight hostilities like this one.
I mean, not like we expected the UFC to punish Jeremy Stephens or anything … remember when he was arrested for assault and UFC President Dana White was trying to get him out of jail in time to headline a UFC Fight Night ? We’re past the days of individual punishments, at least for the fighters White likes. But you can certainly make the law regarding any fun matter during weigh-ins when no one has had a chance to properly rehydrate.