nick-catone-james-head.jpgA welterweight matchup between Nick Catone (9-4 MMA, 3-4 UFC) and James Head (9-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is a late scratch from tonight’s UFC 159 lineup.

According to the UFC, Catone was pulled from the card “following a trip to the hospital for dehydration.”

The event, which takes place at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., will go on with 11 bouts.

Catone failed to make weight at Friday’s official fighter weigh-ins. After tipping the scale at 173 pounds, he was fined 20 percent of his purse. Initially, the fight was scheduled to go on as planned, though officials later canceled it today.

Catone vs. Head was slated for the Facebook-streamed preliminary card. The stream, which precedes FX prelims and the pay-per-view main card, now boasts just two fights. The start time of the event has changed from 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT) to 7 p.m. ET.

Catone, who was slated to fight in his home state, was in need of a win after suffering consecutive losses to T.J. Waldburger and Chris Camozzi. The most recent defeat, which took place this past December, was the former middleweight’s first appearance at 170 pounds.

The latest UFC 159 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 7 p.m. ET)

For more on UFC 159, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Nick Catone)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Johnson rematch added to UFC 197

  • 18 days ago
  • 30 views

A key lightweight matchup has been added to a star-studded UFC 197 lineup, as Tony Ferguson meets Michael Johnson.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 196 Free Fight Video: Fabricio Werdum Taps Out Cain Velasquez to Win Heavyweight Title

  • 18 days ago
  • 7 views

The first matchup between Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez resulted in Werdum submitted Velasquez in the third round at UFC 188 to earn the heavyweight title. read news >>

WSOF 27 video stream and live results

  • 16 days ago
  • 13 views

“WSOF 27: Firmino vs. Fodor” takes place tonight, and you can catch a stream of the action, as well as live results, right here.Filed under: News, Videos, WSOF read news >>

Cain Velasquez%26#x2019;s injury is latest reminder of a fighter%26#x2019;s delicate shelf life (Yahoo Sports)

  • 14 days ago
  • 10 views

From Yahoo Sports: The former UFC champ pulled out of a February title fight, and it’s fair to ask if he’ll ever be what he once was. read news >>

Cain Velasquez%26#x2019;s injury is latest reminder of a fighter%26#x2019;s delicate shelf life (Yahoo Sports)

  • 14 days ago
  • 3 views

From Yahoo Sports: The former UFC champ pulled out of a February title fight, and it’s fair to ask if he’ll ever be what he once was. read news >>

Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Vitor Miranda joins UFC 197 lineup

  • 12 days ago
  • 7 views

A middleweight bout between Marcelo Guimaraes and Vitor Miranda is the latest addition to March’s UFC 197 lineup.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

CES MMA 33 features Norby-Soukhamthath title fight, O'Neil-Olson on AXS TV

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 views

The lineup is taking shape for March’s CES MMA 33 event, which will crown an inaugural bantamweight champion.Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News read news >>

UFC on FOX 18 results: Wilson Reis puts on clinic for decision over Dustin Ortiz

  • 9 days ago
  • 2 views

NEWARK, N.J. – In a matchup of highly skilled flyweights, veteran Wilson Reis found a winning formula against Dustin Ortiz by initiating takedowns and winning scrambles on the mat.Filed under: News, read news >>

FOX Sports 2 to air 8th World MMA Awards on Feb. 12; fan voting ends tonight

  • 8 days ago
  • 4 views

Officials today announced FOX Sports 2 will air the 8th Annual World MMA Awards. Voting for the annual industry awards ends today.Filed under: Bellator, News, UFC, WSOF read news >>

Reminder: 'Countdown to UFC Fight Night 82' debuts tonight on FOX Sports 1

  • 7 days ago
  • 11 views

As a reminder, “Countdown to UFC Fight Night 82,” which previews Saturday’s event, debuts tonight on FOX Sports 1.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>