UFC St. Petersburg is down one fight at the 11th hour.
Ivan Shtyrkov is out of his scheduled fight with Devin Clark on Saturday’s card due to an undisclosed reason, UFC officials confirmed with MMA Fighting on Friday night. Clark posted a video about the situation Friday on his Instagram page. The event will carry on with 11 fights.
“Unfortunately, my fight here in Russia has been canceled,” Clark said. “My opponent, he got sick. He’s in the hospital now. So yeah, unfortunately no fight tomorrow. Thank you so much everybody for the love and support. It means a lot. Hopefully I’ll get rescheduled soon and onto the next one.”
A request for comment sent to Shtyrkov’s management team went unreturned Friday night. Shtyrkov was filling in on short notice against Clark, whose original opponent was the since removed Abdul-Kerim Edilov. Shtyrkov (16-0-1) would have been making his UFC debut. The Russian light heavyweight owns wins over the likes of Thiago Silva, Fabio Maldonado and Antonio Silva.
Clark (9-3) is coming off a first-round TKO loss to Aleksandar Rakic at UFC 231 in December. The JacksonWink MMA product had won three of four coming into that bout. Clark, 29, is the former RFA light heavyweight champion.
UFC St. Petersburg is headlined by a heavyweight fight between Alistair Overeem and Aleksei Oleinik. Also on the card, Roxanne Modafferi takes on Antonina Shevchenko in a women’s flyweight bout. The event will air on the ESPN+ digital streaming platform.