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UFC cancels Auckland fight following unexpected illness

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was forced to cancel the welterweight showdown between Maki Pitolo and Takashi Sato, scheduled for tomorrow night’s (Sat., Feb. 22, 2020) preliminary card on ESPN+, after “Coconut Bombz” was felled due to illness.

That’s according to UFC.com, which delivered the disappointing news at the conclusion of the UFC Fight Night 168 weigh ins. Pitolo (12-5) never made it to the scale; however, Sato hit the 170 mark without incident and is likely to be paid his “show” purse.

Pitolo, 29, is a graduate of Dana White’s Contender Series and made his Octagon debut at the UFC 243 pay-per-view (PPV) event back in October, falling to Australian “Rock Star” Callan Potter by way of unanimous decision.

Get the early (and official) UFC Auckland weigh-in results here.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 168 fight card RIGHT HERE, starting with the ESPN+ “Prelims” undercard bouts at 4 p.m. ET, followed by the ESPN+ main card start time at 7 p.m. ET.

For the rest of the UFC Auckland fight card and ESPN+ line up click here.

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