UFC 211 has lost a compelling, flyweight fight, as Henry Cejudo’s been forced to drop out of his bout with Sergio Pettis.
The decorated wrestler has withdrawn from Saturday’s card due to a hand injury. In a statement Cejudo sent MMA Fighting, the 30 year-old reported he injured his hand sparring a couple of weeks ago, but that x-rays indicated the hand was not broken. Cejudo rested the hand, and received treatment on it, but:
After arriving in Dallas on Tuesday evening, I hit mitts with my striking coach to get my timing down, and after I threw my first punch, a sharp pain shot through my wrist and hand.
My team and I contacted the UFC to see if a cortisone shot would be allowed. The UFC sent me to a hand specialist, and he told me I had a cyst in my wrist as well as a ruptured capsule with the possibility of a tear in the ligament. He informed me the cortisone shot could possibly do more damage than any benefit and told me it would be insane to fight. He contacted the UFC doctors and informed them that my wrist and hand were unfit to fight this Saturday.
Cejudo went on to say that he will be “back stronger than ever”. So, that’s a tough setback for Cejudo and Pettis as well.