“Devastating not to earn a paycheque”: Ryan Benoit issues statement detailing health concerns

UFC flyweight fighter Ryan Benoit has issued a statement after his scheduled fight was cancelled following health concerns from Friday’s weigh-in.

He took to Instagram to express his opinion on the whole situation. He said that he had a “situation arise” during his weight cutting that prevented him from making the 126-pound weight limit and left him unable to stand on the scale under his own power. He posted:

“I would like to thank the Nevada commission, the UFC and the hospital staff for the utmost professionalism and care.

“Unfortunately I had a situation arise during the conclusion of my weight cut which resulted in my bout being cancelled. Everything was going well and we didn’t think hitting 126 was going to be a problem.

“It’s devastating to not compete tonight and earn a paycheck. It’s very unfortunate for my opponent and the promotion. Nobody wins in this situation.

“Thank you to all my friends, family and fans for their kind words of support – I am humbled and grateful for all your well wishes.”

According to Marc Raimondi, Benoit was transported to a local hospital in Las Vegas. After that, UFC officials announced that Benoit’s scheduled fight with Zarrukh Adashev on Saturday was cancelled.

Benoit has struggled to reach the 126-pound flyweight limit in the past as well. He tipped the scales at 129 pounds prior to a fight with Ashkan Mokhtarian back in November 2017.

Saturday was going to be Benoit’s first fight after his loss at the hands of Tim Elliot in July 2020. “Baby Face” currently holds a 10-7 record in his mixed martial arts career.

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