Corey Anderson was supposed to fight Patrick Cummins on the preliminary card of UFC 217, but then Cummins pulled out of the fight due to a staph infection.
If it were up to the TUF champion, the staph infection battling Cummins would treat his condition and still step into the Octagon.
Anderson made his feelings known through an Instagram post:
How do YOU call it quits so far out from fight night? There's still 3 weeks til fight night... And I've had staph before.. cut that shit open, drain it, take your meds, take a couple rest days to elevate the leg, and you'll be good by Saturday. You called me out in 2014 and I've been waiting for our time to come every since... There's still plenty of time til the dance. I got my best outfit, my familys tickets, and my friends are all looking forward to it. I hope to see you on the floor... #thisisbusiness #andpersonal #UFC217
Even if Cummins stays off the card, the fans could still have the shot to see Anderson fight because UFC officials are seeking a replacement opponent for him.
Cummins has yet to respond to the request of Anderson and the UFC has yet to officialy say that he is off of the UFC 217 card.
UFC 217 takes place on Saturday, November 4 from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with Michael Bisping and Georges St. Pierre headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.