The UFC scrapped their proposed co-main occasion simply minutes earlier than the beginning after Drakkar Klose suffered a cervical neck sprain after being pushed by Jeremy Stephens.
Stephens and Klose each made weight for his or her battle on Friday afternoon in Las Vegas, earlier than coming face-to-face on the ceremonial weigh-ins for image alternatives.
Klose superior on the perennial featherweight contender along with his fingers behind his again, however ‘Lil Heathen’ shoved his man again with some pressure.
In response to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, CT scan outcomes revealed Klose suffered a cervical sprain of the neck – basically excessive whiplash – and a concussion because of the push.
In an announcement on social media, the Michigan-native confirmed he felt his ‘hand go numb and neck tighten up’ after the push from Stephens.
“After I used to be pushed by Jeremy at UFC faceoffs, I instantly felt my hand go numb and neck tighten up,” he wrote.
“Sean Shelby and the UFC officers despatched me to the PI to get labored on by the UFC PT workers for 2 hours.
“I spent the night time consuming, rehydrating, stretching and even noticed the PT workers later that night time. I wakened early this morning with a migraine/headache, nausea, and the one factor that made me really feel higher was laying at nighttime.
“UFC acquired me medication and I rested for a pair hours earlier than getting up and vomiting. It was at that time we referred to as the UFC physician and he made the choice to ship me to the hospital.
“I’m sorry to everybody who was excited for this battle, I attempted to do the whole lot I may to remain on this battle, however these points are out of my management.”
Stephens defined the push in an Instagram publish Friday, saying Klose ‘simply acquired a bit too shut, with aggressive behaviour strolling up understanding we about to battle.’
“I simply have zero tolerance for that kind of disrespect,” Stephens mentioned.