Drakkar Klose Out of UFC Fight vs. Jeremy Stephens After Weigh-In Injury

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorApril 18, 2021

A general overall view of the empty Octagon is seen before a heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC Fight Night, Sunday, December 8, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
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Saturday's UFC Fight Night co-main event between lightweights Drakkar Klose and Jeremy Stephens was called off hours before the fight was scheduled to take place, per ESPN's Marc Raimondi.

Klose said on Twitter he has suffered injuries as a result of this push from Stephens during weigh-ins Friday:

ESPN MMA @espnmma

After going nose-to-nose, @LiLHeathenMMA shoved @drakkarklose 👀 #UFCVegas24 https://t.co/Fx8YbTzWn5

He released a statement around 8 p.m. ET on Saturday:

Drakkar Klose @drakkarklose


The fight cancellation was announced on the broadcast. Shortly thereafter, ESPN's Ariel Helwani broke news that the bout was off because of undisclosed injuries suffered by Klose after Stephens' push.

Klose later revealed the nature of his ailments, and Helwani confirmed them through the fighter's team following a CT scan on Saturday:

Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani

Per Drakkar Klose's team, they just got their CT scan results back: He suffered a cervical sprain of the neck and a concussion as a result of the push. No sign of dehydration or anything that could come from a bad weight cut.

Stephens explained why he felt the need to push Klose in an Instagram post Friday: "Dramas Klose just got a little too close, with aggressive behavior walking up knowing we about to fight I just have zero tolerance for that type of disrespect."

Stephens vs. Klose was supposed to lead into the main event featuring middleweights Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum, which is still scheduled as planned.

Klose (11-2-1) has won three of his last four bouts. Stephens (28-18, 1 NC) has gone winless in his last five fights. He's ranked 10th on the UFC featherweight contender list.


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