Flyweight Rogerio Bontorin has been hospitalized after suffering kidney issues while attempting to make weight for UFC 275.
Bontorin had been expected to compete in a main card fight with Manel Kape at the PPV event in Singapore this weekend. However, during Friday’s weigh-in, it was reported that Bontorin had fallen ill. Eurosport later revealed that the Brazilian fighter had been transported to hospital.
A report by MMA Fighting subsequently cited Bontorin’s coach, who confirmed that issues had arose during his weight cut. “He was in the process of cutting weight and felt a lot of pain in the lumbar area when he was 2kg [4.5 pounds] over, then he left the bathtub and it only got worse. We called Marcus, from the UFC staff, to check on him and we needed an ambulance to go to the hospital. We ran some tests and he had renal insufficiency, so he’ll stay in the hospital until tomorrow,” Gile Ribeiro, Bonteron’s coach, told the website.
Bontorin (16-4, 1NC) has lost three of his last four fights, with one No Contest in the mix. That No Contest, stemming from a 2021 fight with Matt Schnell, saw a win for Bontorin overturned when he tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic. Contested at bantamweight, Bontorin also came in heavy for that fight, but dropped back down to flyweight in January and successfully made weight in a loss to Brandon Royval.
Manel Kape has won his last two fights, but has seen both of his bouts in 2022 fall through.
UFC 275, which goes down Saturday, June 11, 2022 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, now moves forward with the following fights:
Glover Teixeira (c) vs. Jiří Procházka – for the UFC light heavyweight championship
Valentina Shevchenko (c) vs. Taila Santos – for the UFC women’s flyweight championship
Zhang Weili vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk
Jake Matthews vs. André Fialho
Jack Della Maddalena vs. Ramazan Emeev
Seung Woo Choi vs. Joshua Culibao
Steve Garcia vs. Hayisaer Maheshate
Jacob Malkoun vs. Brendan Allen
Kang Kyung-ho vs. Danaa Batgerel
Liang Na vs. Silvana Gómez Juárez
Ramona Pascual vs. Joselyne Edwards