An intriguing flyweight contest at Saturday’s UFC Vegas 62 won’t happen after all.
The UFC released the following statement on the fight:
Due to weight management issues with Askar Askarov, his flyweight bout with Brandon Royval has been cancelled from tomorrow’s event.
Royval went on social media Friday morning and alleged Askarov was having issues making weight Friday morning. Royval also claimed Askarov turned down a catchweight contest.
Woke up at 127… before I started the weight cut I heard my opponents not going to make weight. They turned down a catch weight, so it looks like the fight is off. Heartbroken but thank you @tylermintonnutrition for another easy weight cut we stay professional on our end.— Brandon (@brandonroyval) October 14, 2022
Royval (14-6) had been seeking his third straight win in the Octagon, while Askarov (14-1-1) was looking to bounce back from his first career loss.
It’s not clear yet if the UFC will try to rebook the fight for a later date or move ahead for new opponents for both fighters.