Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) is out of his fight against Raphael Assuncao on March 28 due to kidney issues that have hospitalized him the last five days. He is leaving New Jersey today and traveling to Cleveland to see a specialist. More details coming soon to @espnmma. pic.twitter.com/SRYmIncYMp— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) March 12, 2020
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has just lost part of its co-main event for its upcoming card on March 28.
In his subsequent interview with ESPN, Garbrandt chronicled his ailment, by explaining it may have started with a staph infection on his leg the month prior. He went on to say, “On Saturday, I had flu-like symptoms. The lymph nodes were so inflamed I couldn’t walk. I took an Uber to the hospital and did a bunch of tests on my blood, kidneys, CAT scan. The doctor sent me home and 20 minutes later I felt even worse and started p-ssing blood.” Currently, he has been re-admitted to the hospital, and the diagnosis is uncertain.
The former bantamweight king has gone through a rough patch in each of his last three. Capturing the throne against Dominick Cruz in emphatic fashion at UFC 207 in 2016, Garbrandt went on to drop his next three by knockout to T.J. Dillashaw and Pedro Munhoz. Garbrandt has not competed since March 2019, and the timeline for his return is yet unknown. As a UFC bantamweight, Garbrandt is tied with three other fighters for the third-most knockouts in divisional history, trailing only Eddie Wineland (five) and Dillashaw (seven).
Assuncao was looking to snap a skid of his own, losing two bouts in 2019 to Marlon Moraes and Cory Sandhagen. Prior to those defeats, the perennial contender had won 13 while dropping one along the way in a rematch with Dillashaw. The former World Extreme Cagefighting veteran and ex-lightweight sports wins over Dillashaw, Moraes, Aljamain Sterling and Jorge Masvidal, among others.
UFC on ESPN 8 takes place on March 28, and the event location may be changed from Columbus, Ohio, to Las Vegas. Should it stay intact, it will be headlined by a potential heavyweight title eliminator between Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik.