There is seriously something wrong with the elevator service in Cleveland, Ohio. Not only did Fabricio Werdum, Urijah Faber and others get trapped in an elevator following yesterday's (Fri, Sept. 9, 2016) weigh ins, but fellow UFC 203 participant C.B. Dollaway will now be forced to withdraw from tonight's (Sat., Sept. 10, 2016) card after suffering an injury on another stupid elevator.
According to a report by MMA Fighting, Dollaway injured his back while riding a faulty elevator yesterday afternoon. It's as if the mixed martial arts (MMA) gods were telling all fighters to take the stairs. The severity of Dollaway's injury is uncertain at this time, but Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) doctors determined he was too hurt to compete against Francimar Barroso at UFC 203.
UFC released the following statement in regards to the incident:
UFC announced that CB Dollaway has had to withdraw from his scheduled bout at UFC 203 due to an injury he suffered last night as a result of an elevator accident at a hotel in Cleveland.
UFC officials have been in communication with hotel management, and the hotel is currently evaluating and investigating the issues surrounding the incident.
This is absolutely crushing news for a preliminary card that already lost Ian McCall vs. Ray Borg earlier this week. UFC 203 is now down to 10 fights in total, which will drastically shorten up its FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" card starting at 8 p.m ET. Through all of this mess, at least the main card remains untouched.
UFC 203 will be headlined by a heavyweight title fight between current champion Stipe Miocic and top contender Alistair Overeem, as well as featuring the UFC debut of former WWE champion CM Punk.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 203 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.
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