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Paige VanZant out of flyweight fight vs. Jessica Eye at UFC 216

Postby Gogh » Sep 25. 2017, 17:59

Paige VanZant will have to wait a little longer to make her debut in the newly created UFC women’s flyweight division.

VanZant (7-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) suffered a back injury this past week and was ruled out to fight Jessica Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC) on the Oct. 7 pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

A VanZant team member told MMAjunkie the news after an initial report from MMAFighting.com. UFC officials subsequently announced VanZant’s injury and said Eye has been removed from the card, as well.

This morning, Eye appeared to vent about the cancelation on Twitter, posting a GIF with the caption, “Damn it.” The women’s bantamweight vet saw her previous fight canceled with even less notice when Aspen Ladd fell ill and was unable to fight at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.

After the scratch, Eye looked on the bright side and revealed UFC officials had promised her a fight at flyweight, where she competed prior to joining the UFC.

VanZant also looked for greener pastures at 125 pounds after the promotion opened the new division earlier this year. At 1-2 in her previous three outings, she eagerly accepted the bout with Eye because it didn’t require a debilitating weight cut.

But now, she’ll have to wait for a return. She hasn’t fought since this past December where she suffered a second-round submission loss to Michelle Waterson in a UFC on FOX 22 headliner.

Outside the cage, the 23-year-old starlet has kept busy with an autobiography that describes the bullying she endured while growing up in Dayton, Ore.

The UFC 216 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee – for interim lightweight title
Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg – for flyweight title
Derrick Lewis vs. Fabricio Werdum
Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham

PRELIMINARY CARD (FXX, 8 p.m. ET)
Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann
Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz
Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata
Poliana Botelho vs. Pearl Gonzalez

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)
Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
Magomed Bibulatov vs. John Moraga
Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares
Marco Beltran vs. Matt Schnell

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Re: Paige VanZant out of flyweight fight vs. Jessica Eye at UFC 216

Postby SkidMarxTheSpot » Sep 25. 2017, 19:52

Lucky for her. She was bout to get merced.
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Re: Paige VanZant out of flyweight fight vs. Jessica Eye at UFC 216

Postby Hobonauts » Sep 25. 2017, 22:48

Damn, I was actually very interested in that fight.
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Re: Paige VanZant out of flyweight fight vs. Jessica Eye at UFC 216

Postby Kizzo » Sep 26. 2017, 00:12

Who jinxed this card?
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Re: Paige VanZant out of flyweight fight vs. Jessica Eye at UFC 216

Postby affinity » Oct 14. 2017, 11:32

wtf. it just seems so deliberate.  like how can with all the experience of MMA training, are these fighters getting something like a back injury?   Like don't they take precautions?   Money is on the line.  How can fighters fight if they are not healthy overall?

 like c'mon, were they powerbombing Paige to improve her back durability or something????????????
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