Max Griffin has pulled out of a scheduled welterweight clash against Sergio Moraes at UFC Fight Night 106, the fighter announced on his Facebook page Thursday.
"Hey everyone. I have some news. I have made the decision to pull out of my March 11 fight in Brazil. I apologize to my opponent Sergio Moraes and his team. I know how hard we both have worked for this moment,” Griffin wrote. “I'm a tough guy and for me to pull out it's a serious event. It is what it is, it's out of my hands so I am ok with the decision. It's hard to win any fight at the UFC level when you are 100 [percent]. I couldn't take the chance to go against my doctors and fight with half that. I love you guys and the support. I'll be back in a couple months.”
Griffin earned his first Octagon triumph in his last outing, as he defeated Erick Montano via technical knockout 54 seconds into their bout at UFC Fight Night 98. The 31-year-old debut in the promotion with a loss to Colby Covington at UFC 202. Griffin is 13-3 as a professional overall.
UFC Fight Night 106 takes place on March 11 in Fortaleza, Brazil, and is headlined by a middleweight showdown between Vitor Belfort and Kelvin Gastelum. It is currently unknown if the promotion will be able to find a replacement opponent for Moraes.