Mike Davis Tears Bicep in Sparring, Out of Dober Fight at UFC Denver

Mike Davis and Natan Levy, UFC Vegas 88
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 16: Mike Davis reacts after his submission victory over Natan Levy of Francein their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on March 16, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

UFC Denver, scheduled for July 13th, suffered its second cancelled fight after Mike Davis tore his bicep in sparring on June 11th. The lightweight fight between Dober and Davis, first announced earlier this month, is off.

Davis tweeted on Tuesday, dejected after obviously having received a professional opinion saying, “This kills me man… Completely tore my bicep during my sparring rounds on Tuesday. June 11th. Resulting in a 3.5″ retraction in my bicep.” Davis continued writing,

“Yes, I need surgery. They have to reattach the tendon by drilling it back into the bone.”

Mike also tweeted a graphic video of the grappling exchange that caused the injury captioning it with, “You can literally hear it snap” and “I’m so disappointed.”

Heartbreaking news for Davis who was on a 4-fight win streak since dropping his UFC debut to Gilbert Burns. With an injury like this, requiring surgery, Davis undoubtedly will be out of action for an extended period of time.

This also leaves Drew Dober, who fights out of Denver, without a partner for the fight date. No word yet on whether or not Dober will get a replacement to stay on the card.

The new UFC Denver line up, set to go down in Ball Arena, now looks as follows:

  • Rose Namajunas vs. Maycee Barber
  • Luana Santos vs. Mariya Agapova
  • Viviane Araujo vs. Jasmine Jasudavicius
  • Gabriel Bonfim vs. Ange Loosa
  • Mike Malott vs. Gilbert Urbina
  • Cody Brundage vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan
  • Christian Rodriguez vs. Julian Erosa
  • Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Muslim Salikhov
  • Josh Fremd vs. Andre Petroski
  • Nazim Sadykhov vs. MarQuel Mederos