Magomed Bibulatov vs. Ulka Sasaki scrapped from UFC Atlantic City due to back injury

Another week, another set of fight cancellations. Along with news that a planned women’s bantamweight bout between Aspen Ladd and Leslie Smith won’t be…

By: Zane Simon | 5 years ago
Magomed Bibulatov vs. Ulka Sasaki scrapped from UFC Atlantic City due to back injury
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Another week, another set of fight cancellations. Along with news that a planned women’s bantamweight bout between Aspen Ladd and Leslie Smith won’t be going ahead, due to Ladd missing weight, it looks like a flyweight contest between Magomed Bibulatov and Ulka Sasaki is off as well.

MMA Fighting reports that Bibulatov was removed from the card on Friday morning ahead of scheduled early weigh ins. According to Ariel Helwani, the culprit appears to be an ongoing back injury.

As the weigh-ins for this Saturday’s card have already been concluded, it’s safe to say that Sasaki has been pulled from the event as well. No word yet if the bout will be rescheduled for a later event, or if the fighters will be re-booked separately.

Here’s a look at the UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee card, as it stands right now, not accounting for the likelihood of one Fight Pass bout to be moved up to FS1.

FS1 MAIN CARD
Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee
Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson
Chase Sherman vs. Justin Willis
David Branch vs. Thiago Santos
Aljamain Sterling vs. Brett Johns
Jim Miller vs. Dan Hooker

FS1 PRELIMS
Ryan LaFlare vs. Alex Garcia
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Luan Chagas
Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins

FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Merab Dvalishvili vs. Ricky Simon
Tony Martin vs. Keita Nakamura

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Zane Simon is a senior editor, writer, and podcaster for Bloody Elbow. He has worked with the website since 2013, taking on a wide variety of roles. A lifelong combat sports fan, Zane has trained off & on in both boxing and Muay Thai. He currently hosts the long-running MMA Vivisection podcast, which he took over from Nate Wilcox & Dallas Winston in 2015, as well as the 6th Round podcast, started in 2014. Zane is also responsible for developing and maintaining the ‘List of current UFC fighters’ on Bloody Elbow, a resource he originally developed for Wikipedia in 2010.

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