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Elevator incident forces C.B. Dollaway out of UFC 203

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Those Cleveland elevators strike again.

C.B. Dollaway won’t be able to fight Francimar Barroso tonight at UFC 203 because he was injured while riding a faulty elevator.

According to multiple sources, Dolloway suffered a back injury while riding an elevator that malfunctioned Friday afternoon. It is unclear at this time how serious Dolloway's back injury is but after consulting with doctors and the UFC afterwards he was ultimately ruled out of the fight. One source classified it as a "strain."

"I’m really upset," Barroso said. "That sucks." The Brazilian was looking to return to the win column following a submission loss to Nikita Krylov in May, while Dolloway was hoping to snap a three-fight losing streak.

The UFC has released the following statement:

UFC announced that CB Dollaway has had to withdraw from his scheduled bout at UFC 203 due to an injury he suffered last night as a result of an elevator accident at a hotel in Cleveland.

UFC officials have been in communication with hotel management, and the hotel is currently evaluating and investigating the issues surrounding the incident.

Dollaway got stuck in the elevator with Urijah Faber, Fabricio Werdum, Yancy Medeiros, Brad Tavares and many others for several minutes after the weigh-ins. He appears to be the only one to have suffered an injury, though.

A Wyndham Hotel representative had no comment when asked about the incident on Saturday.

Earlier Friday, several Zuffa staff members also got stuck in the hotel elevator for a few minutes during the official weigh-ins held at the Wyndham.

The event, headlined by Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem for the heavyweight championship, will now move forward with ten bouts after also losing the Ian McCall vs. Ray Borg flyweight fight earlier this week after Borg fell ill in Cleveland.

Ariel Helwani contributed to this story.

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