UFC’s October 15th card is without a main event for now, as a finger injury has forced Sean Strickland out of his five-round middleweight matchup against Jared Cannonier.
News of the recent change to the card was announced by UFC President Dana White on Tuesday. The fight was scheduled to headline a card from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Strickland’s departure from the card might come as a surprise to some.
Strickland has been documenting issues with his right index finger in recent days. On Instagram, the ranked middleweight recently posted a video saying he would need surgery to “drain” the infection on his finger.
“Minor surgery, but I’m getting cut open,” Strickland captioned a post over the weekend.
It is not known at the moment if Cannonier will get a new opponent for UFC’s October 15th date.
The now-voided booking gave both fighters a chance to rebound off high-profile losses.
Cannonier had an unsuccessful title fight in July, dropping a unanimous decision to current middleweight titleholder Israel Adesanya.
Strickland had his climb up the middleweight ranks stopped at UFC 276, as Alex Pereira finished him in the first round of a fight.