Nick Catone was set to compete in front of his home fans later this year against Vitor Miranda at UFC on FOX 15.
Instead, Catone has announced that he will retire from MMA due to a series of injuries.
Catone (10-4) went 4-4 over eight Octagon appearances, including a split decision victory over Tom Watson last time out. He made his UFC debut in 2009.
“My back has probably been the biggest thing slowing me down,” Catone told UFC.com. “I’m not able to train like I used to. I train for a couple days, then I’m hurting for a couple of days. I still fought because I enjoy it, but when I’m waking up in pain every day, I’m just not enjoying it anymore.”
A new bout is expected to be added to the early UFC Fight Pass prelims, as Miranda (10-4) has also withdrawn. Below is the current card:
MAIN CARD (FOX/8 p.m. ET)
Middleweight: Lyoto Machida vs. Luke Rockhold
Middleweight: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Yoel Romero
Featherweight: Cub Swanson vs. Max Holloway
Female Strawweight: Paige VanZant vs. Felice Herrig
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX/6 p.m. ET)
Lightweight: Jim Miller vs. Paul Felder
Light Heavyweight: Patrick Cummins vs. Ovince St. Preux
Light Heavyweight: Corey Anderson vs. Gian Villante
Welterweight: Tim Means vs. George Sullivan
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/4:15 p.m. ET)
Bantamweight: Aljamain Sterling vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Featherweight: Jimy Hettes vs. Diego Brandao
Middleweight: Eddie Gordon vs. Chris Dempsey