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Ian Entwistle off UFC 204 due to illness

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

UFC 204 is down to 11 fights.

Bantamweight Ian Entwistle (9-3) was forced to withdraw from the card Friday afternoon due to illness, UFC officials announced. Entwistle did not show up to the official weigh-in, so it is unclear if his illness was related to a bad weight cut.

As a result, his opponent Rob Font (12-2), who did successfully weigh in, will not compete on the card but will receive his show money.

Additionally, the Marc Diakiese vs. Lukasz Sajewski lightweight has now been bumped up to the FS1 prelims.

UFC 204, headlined by Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson for the UFC middleweight title, takes place Saturday night from the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.

Update: Entwistle took to Instagram to explain what happened:

Had some problems with my weight very early in to the weight cut I slipped in and out of consciousness during the bath was took to hospital administrated I.v and some other drugs the ufc staff was great all the way thru they came to the hospital I said I could still fight and asked if we could do a same day weigh in and he took a big percentage of my purse it seemed positive at the time the ufc spoke to the doctors and they went to consult with there own doctors. I got a phone call from joe silva this morning explaining he couldn't let me fight due to the problem with my kidneys which I have to accept I would like to apologise to the ufc and rob font and everyone that was looking forward to seeing the fight I did the same weight cut and same routine for the last 3 ufc fights and I made weight easy in my last fight and didn't need the weight allowance for my last fight I don't know why it happened so early in the cut. Gutted I won't be on ufc204 I don't think I will ever risk putting my body thru another weight cut but will be finding out more in the upcoming weeks so I am going to have to think about where I go from here as regards fighting again

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