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Tim Elliott vs. Pietro Menga fight at UFC Winnipeg canceled after Menga fails to weigh in

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UFC on FOX 26 has suffered a last-minute cancellation.

A flyweight bout between Tim Elliott and Pietro Menga has been removed from Saturday’s UFC event in Winnipeg, Manitoba, after Menga did not appear at Friday’s weigh-ins.

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:

UFC on FOX 26 will proceed with 11 scheduled bouts, including a main event featuring welterweight contenders Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos.

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Menga provided a few more details via Twitter on Friday afternoon: