Injuries in MMA aren’t planned. When a fighter pulls out, he sacrifices the training he has done as well as a paycheck when fight night comes around.
Another impact of a fighter pulling out due to injury is on his opponent, who now faces a similar fate in missing out on a very valuable pay day while also throwing away the training he has been doing to prepare for that specific fight.
One of the more recent injuries that is being a bit overshadowed is that of UFC flyweight Ian McCall who pulled out of his scheduled March bout with Brad Pickett. This is the second consecutive bout that McCall has been forced to withdraw from with injury.
They were expected to fight on March 8th at UFC Fight Night 37 on the four-fight main card in London, England. The card is now down to just three bouts. The main event of this card is a light heavyweight bout between former number one contender Alexander Gustafsson and Jimi Manuwa.
Although this fight was scheduled for the main card, it would have aired in the United States via Fight Pass.
McCall would later reveal that his injury was a grade 2 strain on his groin as well as a labral tear that may actually require surgery.
Brad Pickett was none to thrilled about hearing the news and took to Twitter to make his anger known.
McCall happened to see the tweet from Pickett and answered back.
Pickett has yet to receive a new opponent or be pulled from the card but was clearly disappointed in the injury for McCall as this would have been Pickett’s flyweight debut after a loss in August of 2013 to Michael McDonald.
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