Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

Officials announced that the UFC Fight Night 215 main event between Derrick Lewis and Serghei Spivac was canceled shortly before scheduled on Saturday.

Saturday’s card had already started inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas when the event was cancelled.

Cageside commentator Brendan Fitzgerald said Lewis had to withdraw because of “a non-COVID, non-weight-bearing disease.”

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Derrick Lewis hits the scales for the UFC 277 ceremonial scales on July 29, 2022 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Derrick Lewis hits the scales for the UFC 277 ceremonial scales on July 29, 2022 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
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Lewis looked relatively healthy during the week leading up to the game. He had a successful weigh-in on Friday as well.

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Spivac (15-3) would be featured in the first UFC main event.

The heavyweight compiled a record of 6-3 inside the octagon.

Entering this week, Spivac had won five of the six games.

Also on Saturday, Miles John suggested that his coach James Krause was suspended.

“Last night, my coach at the dinner table pulled out and they said the UFC drove him away,” Johns said in a post-match interview.

Derrick Lewis, left, and Serghei Spivac face off for the first time at UFC APEX in Las Vegas ahead of the UFC Vegas 62 game on November 18, 2022.

Derrick Lewis, left, and Serghei Spivac face off for the first time at UFC APEX in Las Vegas ahead of the UFC Vegas 62 game on November 18, 2022.
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Johns’ coach is former UFC fighter James Krause, who once claimed that he “made more money in MMA gambling than anything else.”

The health of UFC fighters was recently highlighted by the announcement of the death of former UFC star Anthony Johnson on Sunday. A Bellator MMA spokesperson told the Associated Press that the 38-year-old player has been sick for over a year.

Competitors Derrick Lewis (left) and Serghei Spivac of Moldova face off in the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on November 18, 2022 in Las Vegas.

Competitors Derrick Lewis (left) and Serghei Spivac of Moldova face off in the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on November 18, 2022 in Las Vegas.
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As a result of the cancellation, the light heavyweight co-main match between Kennedy Nzechukwu and Ion Cutelaba has been upgraded to the main event and will remain in three rounds, according to officials.

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If Lewis could go, this would be his third appearance of the year. In their last two matches, they have lost by knockout.