Featherweight veteran Eddie Yagin
has been hospitalized and will not fight Dennis Siver
as expected at
UFC on Fox 5
Sherdog.com confirmed the news with Yagin’s manager, Jason House,
on Tuesday. According to House -- who recently spoke to Yagin’s
family -- the featherweight has blood around his brain that is
causing swelling. However, House relayed that the swelling is
expected to subside on its own without Yagin needing surgery.
reported Yagin’s injury and withdrawal on Tuesday morning. The UFC
has made no official announcement on the matter as of yet.
House says that Yagin felt ill upon returning home from a routine
practice this weekend, though the former Tachi
Palace Fights champion did not sustain a knockout during his
session. When his condition did not improve, Yagin decided to go to
the emergency room.
UFC on Fox 5 takes place Dec. 8 at KeyArena in Seattle. The
evening’s main card airs live on Fox’s flagship network and is
topped by an anticipated lightweight title match pitting reigning
Henderson against No. 1 contender Nate Diaz.
Yagin, 33, has won three of his last four fights. “The Filipino
Phenom” joined the UFC on the heels of his title-winning
performance over onetime Bellator champ Joe Soto at TPF
10 last year. The native Hawaiian made his Octagon debut in
September 2011, dropping a unanimous decision to Junior
Assuncao. However, Yagin rebounded from that setback this past
April, when he snatched a split verdict from former featherweight
title challenger Mark
Hominick at UFC 145.
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