Ronny Markes’ attempt to cut weight has cost him a shot at becoming the World Series of Fighting light heavyweight champion, as he’s been replaced in the planned tournament.
Markes’ spot in the semis at Saturday’s WSOF 20 card will go to Jesse McElligott, as he steps up from the prelims to take on middleweight champion David Branch.
“Ronny’s condition is an unfortunate situation, but we are glad that his health has improved since the episode he experienced earlier today,” said WSOF president Ray Sefo. “WSOF is committed to the safety of its athletes, and, therefore, there is no way that we could allow Ronny to go on and compete despite the turnaround in his condition.”
McElligott was set to meet Steve Skrzat, but the promotion will award Skrzat his full fight purse.
The card also lost a planned co-main event when Melvin Guillard was removed, while WSOF 19 saw Matt Hamill bow out the day of the card. Teddy Holder has already advanced to the 205-pound finals after defeating Thiago Silva.
Weigh-ins for the event take place later today.