There was a last-minute match cancellation, and it happened at UFC Fight Night 185. The match was canceled for the first time after one fighter walked to the cage.
According to the broadcast, Emmers suffered from back cramps behind the scenes and was unable to compete. The broadcast also added that Emmers’ “body was shut down” and urged Nevada Athletic Commission officials to intervene.
Ring announcer Joe Martinez officially announced on Mike that the fight was canceled for “behind-the-scenes medical reasons” because Skelly clumsyly left the cage without throwing a single punch.
He didn’t compete, but Skelly was given the opportunity to do a post-combat interview on ESPN + broadcast. Skelly used his time to create a pitch for still being paid and hoped Emmers would be successful.
“I feel like I should get a winning bonus,” Skelly said. “I weighed, gained weight, and stepped into the cage. That’s my feeling. I hope Jermall is okay.”
Chas Skelly was waiting for his opponent in the cage, but Jermall Emmers couldn’t compete because of a back cramp.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) February 20, 2021
35-year-old Skelly hasn’t participated in MMA Fight since September 2019 and was thinking of retiring in 2020. UFC Fight Night 185 will be canceled three times in a row.
The UFC Fight Night 185 was held Saturday at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card was streamed on ESPN +.
– MMA Sports
The match was canceled because one fighter was waiting in the cage
https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/02/ufc-fight-night-185-chas-skelly-vs-jamall-emmers-canceled-fighter-in-cage The match was canceled because one fighter was waiting in the cage