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Doo Ho Choi announces withdrawal from UFC Vegas 33 due to injury

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Doo Ho Choi will not be competing in July.

The featherweight announced Sunday via Instagram that an injury has forced him out of his upcoming bout against Danny Chavez, which was to take place at UFC APEX in Las Vegas at UFC Vegas 33 on July 31.

See Choi’s full post below, which was written in Korean and English:

First of all, I’m so sorry for the fans who are waiting for my fight because I couldn’t have a fight due to injury. I’m in a fight business. That means an unexpected accident can happen at any time and I also think a fighter should take the fight even if he has a some injury because that is way it is.

I injured my shoulder in the last sparring session on Friday night. It was very light and easy rolling but something bad unlucky thing happened.

It is not a huge injury, but definitely it isn’t something that can handle the fight. If I had more time for recover, I would push forward and take the fight, but our camp inevitable decided that two weeks were just too shorts to recover.

I’m so sad that I prepared for this fight very hard and I apologize Danny because he must have prepared so hard for this battle as well.

I’ll be back in good condition soon, I really want to fight Danny when I get back show my best performance for the fans. Wait till I come back it will not be long.

According to Choi’s post, he suffered a shoulder injury in sparring this past Friday. He does not expect to miss a significant amount of time, adding, “I’ll be back in good condition soon” and that he still would like to fight Chavez.

It is not yet known if the UFC will reschedule the fight or seek a replacement opponent to face Chavez on July 31.

Choi (14-4) is in dire need of a victory as he did not compete in 2020 and has not scored a win since July 2016 when he defeated Thiago Tavares by first-round knockout. He has since dropped consecutive fights to Charles Jourdain, Jeremy Stephens, and Cub Swanson.

See the updated card for UFC Vegas 33 below (bout order still to be finalized):

Uriah Hall vs. Sean Strickland

Nicco Montano vs. Wu Yanan

Niklas Stolze vs. Mounir Lazzez

Kyung Ho Kang vs. Rani Yahya

Jinh Yu Frey vs. Ashley Yoder

Askar Askarov vs. Alex Perez

Philip Rowe vs. Orion Cosce

Cheyanne Buys vs. Gloria de Paula