Darren Till was then reportedly set to step in on short notice to fight Cannonier, but that bout fell through due to undisclosed reasons.
Cannonier was then reportedly set to be the backup fighter for the UFC 248 main event between UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero. That won’t be happening now either because Cannonier suffered a torn pectoral muscle and will need surgery to correct the problem.
The fighter posted the following on Instagram:
@darrentill2 I’m happy you found some courage and finally decided to accept the fight. On Monday. But only two days after I tore my left Pec completely. When it happened on Saturday 7th February, I was in Houston to talk about how you wouldn’t accept the fight. Now had you said yes when they offered, instead of dodging the fight presumably, I would have been in PHX gettin ready to beat yo ass. I’m not blaming you but I kinda am. Anyway, I’m gettin surgery on Tuesday. If you’re still around in the MW division, I’ll hit you up in the fall. P.S. tell your little minions to stop tagging me in your weird ass posts.
If Cannonier’s estimate is correct, fans could expect to see the middleweight contender back in action sometime in the fall.