Waldburger Faints During Weight Cut, UFC Fight Night Bout with Oliveira Canceled

By Tristen Critchfield Feb 21, 2015
T.J. Waldburger reportedly fainted while cutting weight Saturday. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

The UFC has lost yet another fight on the day of weigh-ins.

According to a report from the Brazilian outlet Combate , T.J. Waldburger fainted on Saturday while attempting to cut weight, forcing his withdrawal from a scheduled welterweight clash against Wendell de Oliveira Marques. UFC officials later confirmed the bout’s cancellation.

Waldburger took to social media to clarify the situation, posting on Sqor the he passed out and hit his face on a mirror in an elevator. According to the fighter, it was a freak incident and "one of his easiest cuts so far." Waldburger wrote that a subsequent CT scan "looked good so I'll be ready ASAP."

Both Waldburger and Oliveira will receive their show money for the event. Last week, a featherweight bout between Nik Lentz and Levan Makashvili was scrapped ahead of UFC Fight Night in Broomfield, Colo., when Lentz became sick with the flu before weigh-ins.

The 26-year-old Waldburger has lost three of his last four fights in the Octagon, including a third-round technical knockout defeat to Mike Pyle in his most recent outing at UFC 170. The Texan is 4-4 in the UFC since debuting with the promotion in 2010.

Oliveira, meanwhile, had a seven-fight winning streak halted in his Octagon debut, as he suffered a first-round knockout loss against Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC Fight Night “Bigfoot vs. Arlovski 2” this past September.

Note: This post was updated at 7:30 p.m. ET to include information from Waldburger's social media post.


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