Tonight’s UFC fight night card, known as UFC on ABC 4, has lost another fight. Official weigh-ins were underway on Friday when Natan Levy announced his fight against Pete Rodriguez was canceled.
“Guys I’m really sorry, fight is off,” tweeted Levy. “Fat Pete couldn’t get anywhere near the weight. He blew my opportunity to perform, earn a bonus [and] make history tomorrow. He probably killed his own career. Extremely unprofessional. Anyone that bought a ticket, I’m really sorry. I will go to the event and would love to meet you.”
Natan Levy slams Pete Rodriguez over weight management issues
UFC announcer Jon Anik confirmed Levy vs. Rodriguez was canceled due to ‘weight management issues’ from the latter. According to Levy and his team, they were aware of the issues and offered Rodriguez a catchweight to save the fight.
“Just to be clear, we were scheduled to fight at 155 (+1),” tweeted Levy. “They asked for a catchweight, so I agreed to fight him at 158, then they asked for 160 and I said yes. I was about to go weigh in when I heard he was crying and losing his sh-t and quit at 162. If you can cry, you still got water in your homie. You still had two hours!
“Also the UFC will compensate me,” continued Levy. “I meant I was going to finish him and could’ve gotten a bonus that would change my life.”
Xtreme Couture coach Eric Nicksick also chimed in, revealing doctors “pulled” Rodriguez from his weight cut, which he suspected was the reason for the first fight cancellation. Levy vs. Rodriguez was originally scheduled for UFC Vegas 72, but the latter was pulled due to illness and rescheduled for UFC on ABC 4.
It should be noted that this was the first time Rodriguez was scheduled to fight at lightweight. Throughout his amateur and professional career, ‘Dead Game’ has fought at light heavyweight, middleweight and welterweight, the latter of which he is 1-1 in the UFC.
As for Levy, ‘Lethal’ is on a two-fight win streak that includes decisions against Mike Breeden and Genaro Valdéz.
The updated line-up for UFC on ABC 4
With the cancelation of Levy vs. Rodriguez, UFC on ABC 4 moves forward with 11 fights. The updated line-up is as follows:
UFC on ABC 4
Main Card (ABC, 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m PT)
- Heavyweight: Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Jailton Almeida
- Light Heavyweight: Anthony Smith vs. Johnny Walker
- Welterweight: Ian Garry vs. Daniel Rodriguez
- Light Heavyweight: Carlos Ulberg vs. Ihor Potieria
- Welterweight: Alex Morono vs. Tim Means
Preliminary Card (ESPN/ESPN+, 12 p.m ET/9 a.m PT)
- Welterweight: Matt Brown vs. Court McGee
- Heavyweight: Karl Williams vs. Chase Sherman
- Catchweight (140 lbs.): Cody Stamman vs. Douglas Silva De Andrade
- Flyweight: Ji Yeon Kim vs. Mandy Böhm
- Catchweight (173 lbs.): Bryan Battle vs. Gabriel Green
- Bantamweight: Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Tainara Lisboa
Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for updates, results and highlights for UFC on ABC 4 on Saturday.
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