LAS VEGAS– The grudge match will have to wait.
Before starting Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 22 occasion, Jeremy Stephens vs. Drakkar Klose was pulled from the schedule due to an injury to Klose. The statement was made as UFC on ESPN 22 most likely to air.
While the competition currently looked tempting on paper, the interest rate expanded greater at Friday’s ceremonial faceoffs where they came nose to nose before “Lil’ Heathen” determined that was simply a touch as well close for his taste. Stephens then put two hands on Klose’s upper body as well as pushed him across the stage.
According to Klose, the shove set off a string of injuries, consisting of a migraine headache, that forced him to go to the healthcare facility and withdraw from the battle.
Klose’s team, later on, shared that doctors identified him with a “brain concussion” and “strain of the cervical neck.”
Stephens (28-18 Mixed Martial Arts, 15-17 UFC) was looking to return to the light-weight department for the very first time given that 2103, seeking to break a frustrating four-fight losing touch. He urged during fight week that some significant life changes in recent months have him much more focused than ever before.
On The Other Hand, Klose (11-2-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) was hoping to rebound from an aggravating March 2020 loss to Beneil Dariush. Before the trouble, Klose had taken pleasure in a three-fight winning touch.
With the change, the complete UFC on ESPN 22 lineup:
MAIN CARD (ESPN, ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET).
– Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum.
– Andrei Arlovski vs. Chase Sherman.
– Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Jacob Malkoun.
– Tracy Cortez vs. Justine Kish.
– Alexander Munoz vs. Luis Pena.
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN, ESPN+, 7:30 p.m. ET).
– Juan Espino vs. Alexandr Romanov.
– Loopy Godinez vs. Jessica Penne.
– Bartosz Fabinski vs. Gerald Meerschaert.
– Dakota Shrub vs. Austin Hubbard.
– Anthony Birchak vs. Tony Gravely.