Friday morning’s UFC Vegas 27 weigh-in hadn’t even kicked off yet, and already, the Fight Night card had lost a fighter, if not a fight.
Raulian Paiva, who had been set for a main card flyweight showdown with David Dvorak, was forced off the event thanks to a rough weight cut. MMA Fighting was first to report the news.
Speaking to the site, Brazil’s Paiva (20-3), riding a two-fight win streak, stated that initially, his weight cut was going fine. “I was really fine, and I remember leaving the sauna to do some towels and then I had a strong headache and pain in the chest, and then I don’t remember anything anymore,” Paiva stated. “I only remember waking up at the hospital.
“My mind wanted [to cut the weight] but my body didn’t. The doctor said I had low blood pressure and was dehydrated, that’s why I was passing out and wouldn’t walk back up. But thank God I was cleared from the hospital at midnight and am feeling well now.”
While Paiva will no longer be part of the UFC Vegas 27 card, opponent David Dvorak may be. Confirming Paiva’s exit from the card, UFC officials have noted that promotional newcomer Juancamilo Ronderos will step in to take his place.