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The UFC’s return to Poland later this month for UFC Fight Night 118 has taken a hit to one of its featured bouts.

Teemu Packalen (8-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is out of his lightweight fight against Marcin Held (22-7 MMA, 0-3 UFC) after suffering a knee injury that required surgery. Packalen announced the injury on his social media accounts and today posted a photo from the hospital, post-operation.

Huonoja uutisia ja koville ottaa. Lue lisää bion linkistä. #UFC #TeamUnibet #UFCGdansk

A post shared by Teemu Packalen (@tepack) on

The Packalen-Held fight was set as the featured prelim. With the event only about two weeks away, it is not yet known if Held will remain on the card against a new opponent. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of Packalen’s removal from the card.

UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Oct. 21 at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The event streams live on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, former lightweight title challenger and current welterweight Donald Cerrone will try to hand Darren Till his first professional loss.

Marcin Held

Held is badly in need of a win. He beat Dave Jansen at Bellator 155 in May 2016 to avenge one of his Bellator losses, then signed with the UFC. But since coming over less than a year ago, he has decision losses to Diego Sanchez and Joe Lauzon – a fight even Lauzon said Held was robbed in by the judges. And in May, he was knocked out seven seconds into the third round by a Damir Hadzovic knee in Sweden, giving him three straight setbacks.

Finland’s Packalen has alternated wins and losses since coming to the UFC a little more than two years ago. He started his career 7-0 with seven stoppages. But in his promotional debut, he dropped a decision to Mickael Lebout in Scotland. He bounced back with a bonus-winning submission of Thibault Gouti in February 2016 in just 24 seconds in London. But in March, after 13 months on the sideline, he was knocked out in 30 seconds by Marc Diakiese. Now it appears he’ll be sidelined for a while once again.

The UFC Fight Night 118 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (3 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Pass)

  • Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till
  • Jodie Esquibel vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark
  • Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson

PRELIMINARY CARD (11:45 a.m. ET, UFC Fight Pass)

  • Marcin Held vs. TBA
  • Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Brian Kelleher vs. Damian Stasiak
  • Ramazan Emeev vs. Trevor Smith
  • Andre Fili vs. Artem Lobov
  • Warlley Alves vs. Jim Wallhead
  • Aspen Ladd vs. Lina Lansberg
  • Felipe Arantes vs. Josh Emmett

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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