Henry Cejudo Injured, Bout Against Sergio Pettis at UFC 211 Off

Henry Cejudo hurt, off UFC 211
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A hand injury to flyweight and Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo has forced the former title challenger off the UFC 211 card this weekend. As a result, the main card fight between Cejudo (10–2) and Sergio Pettis (15–2) in Dallas has been pulled from the event. MMA Fighting was first to report the news Wednesday.

Coincidentally, the news comes the same day as another big flyweight name, Joseph Benavidez, pulled out of his fight at UFC Fight Night 110 in June, also due to injury. That leaves the flyweight division in a bit of a quagmire. Either Cejudo vs. Pettis or Benavidez vs. Ben Nguyen could have determined the next challenger for flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson’s title. Now, it’s anybody’s guess as to who is next in line. Of course, it will likely all depend on recovery time-frames.

According to MMA Fighting’s initial report, Cejudo injured his hand. Pettis will receive his show money should he weigh in successfully tomorrow. The event, in Dallas this Saturday, will proceed with thirteen fights. No word on what fight will replace Cejudo vs. Pettis on the main card.