UFC on FOX 26 has suffered a last-minute cancellation.
Menga was set to make his Octagon debut on less than two weeks’ notice as a replacement for an injured Justin Scoggins; however, he experienced kidney problems during the weight cut and was taken to the hospital Friday, sources told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani.
According to Menga, it was Elliott’s decision to have the fight called off.
“Got to 131 and the doctors wouldn’t let me continue cutting weight due to health risks,” Menga told MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz. “He was offered the fight still with weight difference and declined.”
“Devastated,” Menga later added. “I wanted to get back in the bath to try and cut more. Going to hospital for checks.”
Elliott successfully made the 125-pound limit and he will receive his show money, according to officials. He took to Twitter shortly after to argue that he deserves his win money as well:
I should not get half my pay because other fighters can't do their jobs, first opponent got injured, seconds missed weight. pic.twitter.com/4IwgGEmenS— Tim Elliott (@TElliott125) December 15, 2017
Menga provided a few more details via Twitter on Friday afternoon:
Devastated right now. Gave it everything and fell short at the last few lbs, the doctor wouldnt clear me to carry on cutting weight due to health issues. Gave it all i had the last 12days, got to 131 but it just wasnt enough.— Pietro Menga (@ItalianoMMA) December 15, 2017
Was given fluids to rehydrate once we knew the fight wasnt going ahead at a catch weight. Was being monitored by UFC doctor for some time which is why i wasnt at the official scale. Hosiptal for checks on my kidneys.— Pietro Menga (@ItalianoMMA) December 15, 2017