Tatiana Suarez Pulls Out of Clash with Roxanne Modafferi at UFC 266 Due to Knee Injury

By Tudor Leonte Jul 28, 2021

It appears that Tatiana Suarez will have to wait a bit longer before making her Octagon return. On Tuesday night, ESPN reported that Suarez pulled out of her scheduled strawweight UFC 266 clash with Roxanne Modafferi due to an injury. The Ultimate Fighting Championship is currently looking for a replacement to keep Modafferi on the card. Shortly after the news broke, Suarez herself took to her social media to reveal that she needs to undergo surgery to heal her knee.

“Life really hits us hard sometimes,” she wrote. “I’d lie and say I have it together but I don’t. It’s been tough to say the least. I was really excited to fight again and I felt so ready and up for the task. I still can’t believe this is my reality. It’s heartbreaking to say the least. I was in this same position a little over two years ago. I had to suck it up and focus on getting healthy. I did just that and here I am in the very same spot. This has to be one of the most challenging times of my life. But, as all of you know my journey has been filled with challenges. Injuries, Cancer more injuries. But, my journey has also been filled with many victories. I’m going to focus on those victories to carry me on. I have an amazing support system. My life is filled with people who love me and believe in me and that is priceless. Thank you all for your love and support. When I come back it will be better than every sports comeback story out there. I truly believe that. I believe I’m the best in the world. There is not a single doubt in my mind. Only up from here.”

“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 23 winner Suarez (8-0, 5-0 UFC) is awaiting her in-competition return after an over two-year hiatus. Her latest fight ended with the 30-year old upending Nina Nunes at UFC 238 via unanimous decision. Before that, she stopped former strawweight queen Carla Esparza with punches at UFC 228.

Modafferi (25-18, 4-5 UFC) has recorded mixed results in her UFC stint. In her latest appearances, she dropped a decision to Lauren Murphy at UFC on ESPN 11, then bounced back from the defeat by outpointing Andrea Lee at UFC Fight Night 177 before losing via decision to Viviane Araujo at UFC on ESPN 20.

UFC 266 will go down at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. The card will see a double title headliner as Alexander Volkanovski will put his featherweight championship on the line against Brian Ortega in the main event while Valentina Shevchenko takes on Murphy for the flyweight belt in the co-feature.
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