It is now revealed why Davey Grant’s proposed fight with Roland Delorme Saturday night has been cancelled, with the TUF 18 runner-up deemed ‘too injured’ to compete, per MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani in an interview with UFC president Dana White. The injury in question was suffered some time ago, but as MRI results were only released today, the UFC decided to take action after seeing the extent to which Grant was hurt.
Grant reportedly tried his utmost to convince the UFC to give the fight the go-ahead, after weighing in for the fight just a day before the fight was set to take place. The former TUF competitor made weight, but will not compete.
Ariel Helwani also reports that both fighters will receive their win show money, but they will both have to wait a little while longer to fight inside the Octagon once again. Both Delorme and Grant were on the losing in their last Octagon appearances, to Alex Caceres and Chris Holdsworth respectively. The bantamweight tilt was set for the preliminary card of Saturday’s event, but – in typical UFC fashion – it shouldn’t be long before they will get the chance to get back in the win column.
It is yet to be determined whether Grant’s injury is serious enough for surgery, and if so Delorme will likely receive a different opponent for an upcoming card. With the UFC set to stage an event in Delorme’s native Canada in just over a month’s time, this seems like the most likely outcome after this unfortunate incident.
This last minute fight cancellation marks the second in a row for the UFC, after Zak Cummings came into his fight at the TUF China Finale 8 lbs overweight and his opponent, Alberto Mina, did not accept to meet at a catchweight.