Henry Cejudo forced out of UFC 177 bout with Scott Jorgensen due to medical issues

Former Olympic gold medalist turned MMA flyweight prospect Henry Cejudo (6-0) has been forced to withdraw from his highly anticipated UFC debut against Scott Jorgensen (15-9) at UFC 177.

UFC officials announced the news Friday afternoon in a statement posted to UFC.com, less than four hours before the UFC 177 weigh-ins in Sacramento.

Due to medical reasons, debuting flyweight Henry Cejudo has been forced to withdraw from Saturday’s UFC 177 bout against Scott Jorgensen in Sacramento. The card will continue as scheduled with nine bouts.

A 2008 U.S. Olympic gold medalist, Cejudo, at just 21, became the youngest wrestler in U.S. history to come out on top of the Olympic games when he defeated Japan’s Tomohiro Matsunaga in Beijing. Since retiring from amateur wrestling in 2012, the Phoenix based fighter emerged as one of the most promising prospects in all of mixed martial arts.

Despite starting off his career with victories in his first six bouts, Cejudo has repeatedly struggled to make the  flyweight limit of of 125-pounds. Prior to signing with the UFC , he famously missed weight leading up to both of  his flyweight bouts under the Legacy FC banner.

Jorgensen (15-9), a former WEC bantamweight title contender, is coming off a hard fought decision victory over Danny Martinez at UFC Fight Night 42. Both men were awarded Fight of the Night bonuses for their performances. Prior to this victory, ‘Young Guns’ had dropped three straight and five of his past six.

Upon learning his scheduled bout would officially be cancelled, Jorgensen tweeted the following:

UFC 177 is set to take place on August 30 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif. The highly anticipated rematch between UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barão is currently scheduled to serve as the night’s main event.


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