TOKYO – In a not-so-stunning move, the UFC has pulled Mizuto Hirota from UFC Fight Night 117.
Hirota (18-8-2 MMA, 1-3-1 UFC) missed weight by four pounds for his featherweight bout with Charles Rosa 11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) and was visibly in bad shape. He looked dazed, and after a slow walk to weigh in, he stumbled a bit off the scale and needed help from officials. And as he bowed to the crowd, he was slow to get back upright.
Hirota and Rosa were scheduled to open the main card of Friday’s event, which takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and airs on FXX. As a result of the bout cancellation, a flyweight bout of Jussier Formiga (19-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) vs. Ulka Sasaki (20-4-2 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has been bumped up to the main card.
Below is the UFC’s full statement:
“Due to health and safety concerns, the UFC featherweight bout Hirota vs. Rosa at UFC Fight Night Japan: Saint Preux vs. Okami has been cancelled, as Hirota was deemed unfit to compete by the UFC medical team.
UFC Fight Night Japan: Saint Preux vs. Okami will proceed as scheduled with 10 bouts at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Moving to the main card will be the flyweight bout between Jussier Formiga and Ulka Sasaki.”
The updated UFC-Japan card is as follows:
MAIN CARD (FXX, 10 p.m. ET)
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Yushin Okami
Jessica Andrade vs. Claudia Gadelha
Takanori Gomi vs. “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim
Henrique da Silva vs. Gokhan Saki
Rolando Dy vs. Teruto Ishihara
Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki
PRELIMINARY CARD (FXX, 8 p.m. ET)
Alex Morono vs. Keita Nakamura
Chan-Mi Jeon vs. Syuri Kondo
Shinsho Anzaivs. Luke Jumeau
Daichi Abe vs. Hyun Gyu Lim