UFC’s December 11th pay-per-view event lost one prelim fight following the weigh-ins on Friday. The show will proceed without a bout between Alex Perez and Matt Schnell, per an announcement made by the promotion.
UFC 269 is now set to be a 14-fight card in total. All of the bouts are scheduled to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The flyweight contest was removed from the card due to a medical issue on Schnell’s end after he made weight for his fight.
Schnell has publicly addressed this news, claiming that the athletic commission in Nevada deemed his heart rate too high, hence his removal from the card.
Schnell also believed that his heart rate would have lowered if the commission gave him more time to recover from his weight cut
“It’s likely my heart rate was high. If they came back ten minutes later they would have seen I was perfectly fine,” said Schnell in an Instagram post.
The fight continues troubles to get a fight between Perez and Schnell done. The duo has been booked for three different cards in 2021, with the fight getting withdrawn from a lineup due to various reasons.
Schnell was fighting to bounce back from a decision loss he took against Rogerio Bontorin in May.
Perez has been out of action since late 2020, when he lost a title fight to then-UFC Flyweight Champion Deiveson Figueiredo.
UFC 269 is currently set to be headlined by UFC Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier.