UFC Fight Night 29 will only feature ten fights now instead of eleven, as the promotion has announced that Rodrigo Damm has been forced to drop out of the October 9th event. The featherweight had been scheduled to throw down with Hacran Dias. Since the fight’s been cancelled just a few days before the card, no replacement for Dias will be booked.
The UFC’s Brazilian Twitter account has relayed that Damm has withdrawn due to “health issues.” In a follow up report from Globo.com’s Combate, however, it says Damm had to pull out because of kidney stones.
Damm (11-6) was coming off a split decision win over Mizuto Hirota at UFC on FUEL TV 10 in June, after dropping a split decision to Antonio Carvalho at UFC 154 in November 2012. The 33 year-old has gone 2-1 to date in the Octagon.
Dias (21-2-1) was looking to rebound from a unanimous decision loss he suffered versus Nik Lentz in January, which ended the Nova Uniao’s nine fight win streak. Prior to facing Lentz, Dias scored a UD victory over Yuri Alcantara in his UFC debut last June.
So, that’s a tough break for obviously Damm but also Dias. Maybe the UFC will try to rebook that bout at an upcoming card.
UFC FN 29 will be hosted by the Correa Arena in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil and will be broadcast in the U.S. on FOX Sports 1. The card will be headlined by a welterweight scrap between Jake Shields and Demian Maia.
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