Fans expecting to see Jessica Aguilar and Jodie Esquibel fight this past weekend on the UFC Fight Pass portion of the UFC Fight Night Utica preliminary card were surely disappointed to learn the bout was canned due to a medical issue on Aguilar’s end.
While Aguilar said the bout was called off due to “chapped lips,” a spokesperson from the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) claims that the fighter will pulled due to a “potentially contagious medical issue.”
“Medical personnel identified a potentially contagious medical condition,” read the NYSAC statement sent to MMA Fighting, via New York State Department of State spokesperson Lee Park. “For the safety of the impacted fighter and her opponent, the fight was called off. UFC medical personnel were also consulted and concurred with the decision.”
The UFC has yet to issue a statement on the matter, but Aguilar has said they are looking to reschedule the fight as soon as possible.
Park reasserts that the fight was canceled for only one reason and that was due to Aguilar’s medical condition.
“The reason the fight was canceled was because of the fighter’s condition on Friday,” Park wrote in an e-mail to MMA Fighting.
There is no word yet on exactly what the medical condition was that caused the whole problem to begin with, but Aguilar was cleared by two doctors before the decision was made by the NYSAC.