Illness Strikes Raul Rosas Jr. vs. Ricky Turcios from UFC Mexico City with Card Underway

Raul Rosas Jr and Ricky Turcios, UFC Mexico City
Raul Rosas Jr and Ricky Turcios, UFC Mexico City Credit: Youtube/UFC

With two fights already in the books on the UFC Mexico City main card on Saturday, promotion officials announced some unfortunate news: due to illness, the bantamweight bout between Raul Rosas Jr. and Ricky Turcios was off.

Per the broadcast, Rosas had fallen sick earlier in the day, but spent most of the afternoon hoping he’d turn things around and still compete. That was not the case, the the announcement made just as the pair should have been making the walk to the octagon.

Per UFC officials, Raul Rosas Jr. vs. Ricky Turcios may be part of next week’s Apex card in Las Vegas, though that development has not been confirmed.

Turcios, winner of The Ultimate Fighter 29 at bantamweight, was seen as a decent step up in competition for Rosas Jr., who became the youngest fighter in UFC history when he won a contract on the Contender Series at 17.

The youngster is now 2-1 in the promotion, and was coming off a victory over Terrance Mitchell last year. A native of Mexico, Saturday would have been the first chance for Rosas Jr. to fight at home.

UFC Mexico City is headlined by Brandon Moreno vs. Brandon Royval 2, while another rematch, between Brian Ortega and Yair Rodriguez, serves as the evening’s co-main event.

Update, 2/25/2024 12:05AM ET: UFC officials have confirmed Rosas vs. Turcios has been booked for the March 4 Apex card