Featherweight veteran Eddie Yagin has been hospitalized and will not fight Dennis Siver as expected at UFC on Fox 5.
Sherdog.com confirmed the news with Yagin’s manager, Jason House, on Tuesday. According to House -- who recently spoke to Yagin’s family -- the featherweight has blood around his brain that is causing swelling. However, House relayed that the swelling is expected to subside on its own without Yagin needing surgery. MMAWeekly.com first reported Yagin’s injury and withdrawal on Tuesday morning. The UFC has made no official announcement on the matter as of yet.
House says that Yagin felt ill upon returning home from a routine practice this weekend, though the former Tachi Palace Fights champion did not sustain a knockout during his session. When his condition did not improve, Yagin decided to go to the emergency room.
UFC on Fox 5 takes place Dec. 8 at KeyArena in Seattle. The evening’s main card airs live on Fox’s flagship network and is topped by an anticipated lightweight title match pitting reigning champion Benson Henderson against No. 1 contender Nate Diaz.
Yagin, 33, has won three of his last four fights. “The Filipino Phenom” joined the UFC on the heels of his title-winning performance over onetime Bellator champ Joe Soto at TPF 10 last year. The native Hawaiian made his Octagon debut in September 2011, dropping a unanimous decision to Junior Assuncao. However, Yagin rebounded from that setback this past April, when he snatched a split verdict from former featherweight title challenger Mark Hominick at UFC 145.