After stepping in on short notice to fight Jordan Griffin, Vince Murdock will be unable to make his promotional debut at UFC Minneapolis after being declared medically unfit.
While Murdock did not specifically reveal what made him medically unfit, he did say that the UFC required more tests to be done to declare him capable of fighting, and that these tests could not be done before Saturday.
The Team Alpha MMA fighter added, “I apologize to everyone that was looking forward to seeing me make the walk this Saturday, no one is more crushed then I am. I strongly believe this will be resolved soon and I will have another opportunity to make the walk.”
Murdock was stepping in on less than two weeks’ notice to fill in for Chas Skelly to fight Jordan Griffin. The Michigan native has a win over top Canadian prospect TJ Laramie and is 1-1 in Bellator. He’s also fought for SFL and King of the Cage. Murdock last fought in December, winning the Total Warrior Combat featherweight championship.
Given that Vince Murdock was removed from the card on Thursday of fight week, a replacement opponent will not be found for Griffin.
UFC Minneapolis carries on with 12 fights. A total of five fights underwent changes, two of which ended up being canceled outright. That being the original main event between Tyron Woodley and Robbie Lawler and the Murdock fight above. The other fights were able to find adequate replacements.