A bantamweight clash between Ian Entwistle and Rob Font at UFC 204 has been canceled after Entwistle was forced to withdraw from the event due to illness.
The promotion announced the cancellation on Friday. As a result, Saturday’s card will move forward with 11 bouts, and a lightweight matchup between Marc Diakese and Lukasz Sajewski has been moved from the UFC Fight Pass preliminary card to the FS1 prelims.
Font successfully weighed in and will receive his show money. Entwistle, who was not present at weight-ins, revealed on Instagram that a bad weight cut led to his withdrawal.
Entwistle last competed at UFC Fight Night “Rothwell vs. Dos Santos,” where he fell to Alejandro Perez via first-round technical knockout on April 10. Font had an 11-fight winning streak snapped when he lost a decision to John Lineker at UFC 198 on May 14.
UFC 204 takes place at Manchester Arena in Manchester and is headlined by a middleweight championship bout between Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson.
Had some problems with my weight very early in to the weight cut I slipped in and out of consciousness during the bath was took to hospital administrated I.v and some other drugs the ufc staff was great all the way thru they came to the hospital I said I could still fight and asked if we could do a same day weigh in and he took a big percentage of my purse it seemed positive at the time the ufc spoke to the doctors and they went to consult with there own doctors. I got a phone call from joe silva this morning explaining he couldn't let me fight due to the problem with my kidneys which I have to accept I would like to apologise to the ufc and rob font and everyone that was looking forward to seeing the fight I did the same weight cut and same routine for the last 3 ufc fights and I made weight easy in my last fight and didn't need the weight allowance for my last fight I don't know why it happened so early in the cut. Gutted I won't be on ufc204 I don't think I will ever risk putting my body thru another weight cut but will be finding out more in the upcoming weeks so I am going to have to think about where I go from here as regards fighting again