Tonight’s flyweight rematch between Manel Kape and Matheus Nicolau is off.
Kape missed weight by a staggering 3.5 pounds and the co-main event was called off.
Reports first claimed Nicolau had agreed to accept a 25 percent fine of Kape’s purse and the fight would still be on the card. However, the promotion later announced that the fight was cancelled.
“It is the duty of the martial artist to fulfill this obligation of making weight the day before the fight,” a disappointed Nicolau said about the situation. “Kape was irresponsible, reckless and disrespectful. He disrespected me as a colleague, opponent and martial artist. Disrespected MMA. Disrespected the UFC.”
Updated fight card for UFC Fight Night 234
- Light Heavyweight bout: Magomed Ankalaev vs. Johnny Walker
Flyweight bout: Matheus Nicolau vs. Manel Kape
- Lightweight bout: Jim Miller vs. Gabriel Benítez
- Bantamweight bout: Ricky Simón vs. Mario Bautista
- Middleweight bout: Phil Hawes vs. Brunno Ferreira
- Heavyweight bout: Andrei Arlovski vs. Waldo Cortes-Acosta
- Welterweight bout: Matthew Semelsberger vs. Preston Parsons
- Bantamweight bout: Marcus McGhee vs. Gaston Bolanos
- Bantamweight bout: Farid Basharat vs. Taylor Lapilus
- Featherweight bout: Westin Wilson vs. Jean Silva
- Lightweight bout: Tom Nolan vs. Nikolas Motta
- Flyweight bout: Joshua Van vs. Felipe Bunes
How to watch in Sweden and US
Sweden: The prelims will be broadcasted by UFC Fight Pass starting at 22.00. The main card will be streamed by Viaplay, starting at 01.00.
US: The prelims will be streamed by ESPN beginning at 4 p.m. ET. The main card begins at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN+.