Andrew Todhunter agreed to step in and fight Albert Tumenov on just days notice, and it proved to be a bad idea.
Todhunter passed out while attempting to cut weight and officials decided to scrap the contest from UFC 188 completely.
“Welterweight newcomer Andrew Todhunter has been deemed medically unable to compete in his UFC 188 bout against Albert Tumenov this Saturday in Mexico City,” the UFC said in a statement. “There will be no replacement bout, and the card will proceed with 11 matches.”
Todhunter’s management team, Guardian Sports Management, released a statement detailing what happened:
Team Guardian fighter Andrew Todhunter has been forced to withdraw from his fight Saturday at UFC 188 in Mexico City, due to injury.
The unbeaten welterweight was previously scheduled to make his Octagon debut at the event. But the UFC doctor deemed him unable to compete.
“This is a really unfortunate situation, but health is the No. 1 priority,” Team Guardian cofounder and CEO Charles McCarthy says.
“Andrew was excited as anyone I’ve ever seen to make his UFC debut. But I know he’ll be back soon and he’ll make a major impact when he is.
“We’d like to thank the UFC for this tremendous opportunity and also apologize to them and the fans, who I know are really excited to see Andrew step into the Octagon, for this unfortunate situation.”
Unfortunately, he passed out trying to make the weight. The UFC officials saw there was a problem and alerted the medical professionals, who began administering IV fluid.
He’s feeling better now, fortunately, and hopefully the UFC gets him back on the schedule ASAP.
Below is the current lineup for Saturday night, which FightLine will be providing complete coverage from:
MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)
Unified UFC Heavyweight Championship
Cain Velasquez (c) vs. Fabricio Werdum (ic)
Lightweight: Gilbert Melendez vs. Eddie Alvarez
Middleweight: Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nate Marquardt
Featherweight: Yair Rodriguez vs. Charles Rosa
Female Strawweight: Tecia Torres vs. Angela Hill
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX/8 p.m. ET)
Flyweight: Henry Cejudo vs. Chico Camus
Lightweight: Efrain Escudero vs. Drew Dober
Bantamweight: Alejandro Perez vs. Patrick Williams
Lightweight: Johnny Case vs. Frank Trevino
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Augusto Montano vs. Cathal Pendred
Featherweight: Clay Collard vs. Gabriel Benitez