by Adam Martin
The injury bug continues to bite away at the UFC.
According to Swedish newspaper Expressen, Magnus Cedenblad is out of his UFC on FOX 6 bout against Rafael Natal because the UFC wouldn’t clear him to fight due to cataracts.
This is what Cedenblad told the newspaper:
“Catarcts… that’s like a 90-year old, old lady. My grandmother had to get a surgery for that last year, she is 99-years old.”
It’s not yet known if Natal will still compete on the card, but with only 11 days left until the event, it will be difficult for the UFC to find a middleweight willing to take the fight on short notice, especially with the majority of the promotion’s middleweight fights already booked.
Cedenblad (10-4) lost in his UFC debut fight to Francis Carmont last April at UFC on FUEL TV 2, losing via second-round submission. Prior to being singed by the UFC, the 30-year-old Swede had won seven fights in a row. After opening his career with two-straight losses, Cedenblad has won 10 of his last 12 fights, and nine of those came via either T/KO or submission.
Natal (14-4-1) has gone 2-2-1 in the UFC, and lost his last bout via head kick to Andrew Craig at UFC on FUEL TV 4. The Brazlian jiu-jitsu black belt holds seven career victories via submission, as well as three more by way out knockout.
UFC on FOX 6 is scheduled to take place Jan. 26 at United Center in Chicago, Ill., and Cedenblad vs. Natal was expected to take a part of the preliminary card. The event is headlined by UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson and also features supporting bouts of lightweights Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis and light heavyweights Glover Teixeira vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
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