Mark Hunt pulled from UFC Fight Night 121 in Sydney
UFC Fight Night 121 takes place on Sunday November 19 at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. The event was expected to be headlined by the heavyweight bout between Kiwi-Australian Mark Hunt and Poland’s Marcin Tybura. On Wednesday the promotion announced that “Super Samoan” no longer battles out on the night, and is replaced by Fabricio Werdum.
“Due to medical concerns, heavyweight contender Mark Hunt has been removed from his UFC Fight Night main event bout against Marcin Tybura on Nov. 19.
Stepping in for Hunt against the No. 8-ranked Tybura at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia will be former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, who is coming off a 65-second submission win over Walt Harris last Saturday in Las Vegas. In Tybura, the Brazilian star will be facing a surging contender who has won three straight, most recently defeating Andrei Arlovski in June.”
The decision is reportedly made in follow up to Hunt’s recent blog in Players Voice, titled as “If I die fighting, that’s fine”.
“My body is fucked but my mind is still here. I’ve still got my senses about me and I know what’s right and wrong, which is the main thing,” says the post among everything.
The current UFC Sydney fight card can be found below
Heavyweight Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura
Strawweight Bec Rawlings vs. Joanne Calderwood
*Featherweight Alex Volkanovski vs. Jeremy Kennedy
Middleweight Daniel Kelly vs. Elias Theodorou
Flyweight Jenel Lausa vs. Eric Shelton
Flyweight Ashkan Mokhtarian vs. Ryan Benoit
Strawweight Nadia Kassem vs. Alex Chambers
Heavyweight Tai Tuivasa vs. Rashad Coulter
Welterweight Belal Muhammad vs. TBA
*Last week MMA Today reported that Canadian Jeremy Kennedy was forced to pull out from his featherweight bout against Australian Alex Volkanovski due to back injury. To date UFC has not formally announced the change. The bout is currently featured on its official website.