UFC Cancels Fairfax Fight Between Barnatt and Hester Following Injury

March 9, 2015
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The UFC Fight Night 63: Mendes vs. Lamas event slated for April 4 in Fairfax, Va., will go on as planned, but it will continue minus one bout.

UFC officials on Friday announced that a middleweight bout between Luke Barnatt and Clint Hester has been dropped from the card and will not be replaced. The fight card will continue with 10 bouts.

05-Clint Hester UFCFN33-IMG_9898-750Hester was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a broken foot, according to the UFC. Officials were unable to find a suitable replacement, so the bout was scrapped.

> SEE ALSO: UFC Fight Night 63 Fight Card and Start Times

UFC Fight Night 63 takes place on the April 4 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax. It features a headlining bout between top featherweight contenders Chad Mendes and Ricardo Lamas.

UFC Fight Night 63 will air on FOX Sports 1 in the U.S. at a special start time of 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT for the six-bout main card. The prelims now start at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT, also on FOX Sports 1.

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  • Sadstrangelittleman

    Damn, I like both these guys and was looking forward to the fight. i can only imagine how tough it is to train your heart out for a fight and then go down to injury or have your opponent do so. Speedy recovery Clint.

  • shakejunt

    can’t find someone a month out? barnatt must be hard to book for.

    • Sadstrangelittleman

      It’s weird the way they do this sometimes. Like they can get a replacement on about 2 weeks notice to fight Henderson (Even if it was Cowboy who ALWAYS wants to fight) but other times they just flat out cancel a fight like this. I think it comes down to where the fight was going to land on the card (Prelims/Main) and the feedback they get from the uninjured fighter. For all we know in situations like this guys might have told the UFC “no I don’t want to accept a new opponent I haven’t had time to prep for”

      • shakejunt

        that’s a viable possibility. either that or maybe they really like the fight and just wanna reschedule it.

      • thoughts

        Sometime it is coaches but also it can be the local athletic commissions rules depending on the state its run in. 1. Could be stipulations involving what fighters are allowed to take the fight on short notice based on how recently they have fought or other suspensions from other state athletic commissions that are generally upheld throughout. 2. ALSO there is a problem for most international fighters as getting a visa in 4 weeks can be difficult/impossible depending on their home countries red tape etc and then 3. any other fighters that are already in a camp/ signed to another fight…. and 4. Anyone that’s out on injuries and recovering still etc
        All of it together plus guys ducking like you mentioned definitely makes for slim pickings sometimes :S Now all of that being said I have no idea what the solution could be haha