This month’s UFC Fight Night Columbus card has taken a major hit as former UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt has been pulled from the card after being hospitalized with kidney problems.
ESPN first reported the news, while also reporting that Garbrandt is going to be transplanted from a New Jersey hospital to one in Cleveland for further testing.
"I honestly don't know what it is," Garbrandt said. "A month ago, I had cellulitis in my shin. I went to the hospital and got that cleared with antibiotics. I got back into training, but then last Friday, the lymph nodes in my groin were inflamed and I didn't feel well. I thought it was just due to rough training. On Saturday, I had flu-like symptoms. The lymph nodes were so inflamed I couldn't walk. I took an Uber to the hospital and did a bunch of tests on my blood, kidneys, CAT scan. The doctor sent me home and 20 minutes later I felt even worse and started pissing blood."
Raphael Assuncao, who was scheduled to face Garbrandt at the event, is expected to remain on the card, as UFC officials are seeking a replacement for him to face.
UFC Fight Night Columbus takes place on Saturday, March 28 from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio with Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on ESPN.