A 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)
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