will be unable to compete tonight at UFC
due to a bout with dehydration.
UFC officials announced the news on Saturday morning, revealing
that Catone’s scheduled welterweight showdown with James Head
was canceled after Catone was taken to the hospital. UFC 159 takes
place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and is headlined by
a light heavyweight title confrontation between Jon Jones and
The evening’s undercard now moves forward with six fights,
including a women’s 135-pound collision pitting Olympic silver
medalist wrestler Sara McMann
against aggressive German striker Sheila Gaff.
A welterweight showdown between sambo ace Rustam
Khabilov and unbeaten Hawaiian prospect Yancy
Medeiros will also highlight the preliminary proceedings, which
air on Facebook and FX.
The pay-per-view portion of the bill features five bouts. In
addition to the evening’s championship headliner, the event will
also see Michael
Bisping and Alan
Belcher clash at middleweight, while Roy Nelson
takes on Cheick Kongo
at heavyweight. NCAA Division I wrestling champion Phil Davis
and highly regarded lightweight Jim Miller
will also compete on the main card, locking horns with onetime M-1
Global champion Vinny
Magalhaes and Strikeforce vet Pat Healy.
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