It’s rare to see a fighter pulled from a pairing with less than 36 hours to go before his/her respective rumble but that is exactly what has happened in the case of Nick Catone. The 31-year old, who was scheduled to face James Head tonight at UFC 159, has been forced to withdraw from the fight based for health-related reasons.
A former middleweight dipping down to welterweight for the first time in his UFC career, Catone was unable to make the 171-pound limit yesterday and was on the cusp of sacrificing 20% of his pay as a result. However, Catone was so severely dehydrated after making the cut he had to go to the hospital and was deemed to be unfit for competition.
The 9-4 Catone’s removal from the card is no doubt a major disappointment to regional fans ready to cheer on the New Jersey product at the Newark-based event. “The Jersey Devil” is coming off back-to-back losses but had gone 3-2 in his previous five fights including a victory over Costa Philippou.
On a side note, Catone wasn’t the only fighter who had a hard time slimming down before showtime, as middleweight Alan Belcher documented the process while preparing for a match-up with Michael Bisping and had to go through a legitimate ordeal to accomplish the necessary outcome.
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