The co-main event at UFC 192 between Johny Hendricks and Tyron Woodley has been called off over Hendricks’ weight-cut issues.
With weigh-in on Friday and the fight set for Saturay night, Hendricks said at the event’s media day on Thursday that he was 183 pounds and felt comfortable dropping 10 pounds over the next 24 hours to meet his weight.
However, Thursday night, Hendricks was reportedly rushed to the hospital after suffering a blockage in his intestine and getting a kidney stone.
According to Damon Martin of Fox Sports, Hendricks’ camp said that he was already having these issues prior to the dramatic fight weight cut.
Nonetheless, dropping that amount of weight in 24 hours is a borderline insane task and the two incidents probably weren’t isolated. If he had made weight, it’s possible he would have suffered other health consequences. As FanSided’s Mike Dyce notes, Hendricks had to go on an IV, and UFC has banned using IVs to fight dehydration after severe weight loss.
MMA Fighting’s Arial Helwani says that Hendricks has struggled with weight-cutting his whole career. He made waves earlier this year when he parted ways with famous MMA nutritionist Mike Dolce.
Hendricks told Helwani, “The weight was coming off fine and then yesterday my body just started to shut down… When it hit that point, I tried to push through it, and well, it didn’t go well because then I had to go to the ER.”
Hendricks added that he would either look into burning more fat to stay in his weight class or move up a weight class.
Woodley was understandably upset about it, claiming it should count as a loss for Hendricks and a win for him:
“I’m counting this as a loss for him. You got to make the weight. I’m sitting here at weight, wired, ready to wage war and now I’m not going to get that opportunity.
“Hopefully, I’m compensated accordingly because this shouldn’t be a strike against me… I hope and pray I am taken care of because I had a lot of plans for that win money.”
Woodley continued, “It’s called professional mixed martial arts for a reason. There should be some level of professionalism involved.”