What was supposed to be Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Chiesa’s homecoming has instead turned into an unfortunate withdraw from UFC on Fox 5.
The champion from the last season of the reality show has been forced out of his scheduled bout against Marcus Levesseur due to illness.
UFC officials announced the unfortunate news late Sunday evening.
Chiesa’s illness comes just days after heavyweight Lavar Johnson was also forced off the card with a pulled groin.
Unless UFC officials find a new opponent for Levesseur in the next couple of days, that will bring the UFC on Fox 5 card down to 11 fights in total. Four bouts scheduled for the Fox broadcast, six on FX for the prelims, leaving just one bout to air on Facebook.
There’s been no word on which fight could potentially replace Chiesa vs. Levesseur on the FX portion of the show seeing as how it was the featured bout on the card after Lavar Johnson vs. Brendan Schaub was cancelled a few days ago.