UFC 296 lost a key piece to the puzzle, as Ian Machado Garry was deemed unfit to compete.
Garry was scheduled to meet Vicente Luque in a key bout featuring the unbeaten fighter. The event takes place Saturday night from Las Vegas and airs live on ESPN+ pay-per-view.
UFC president Dana White confirmed that Garry has pneumonia and that was why he missed media day on Wednesday. The 26-year-old Irish striker first came down with the flu.
Over the course of the past few weeks, Garry’s name has made headlines. He is 6-0 with the promotion and recently topped Neil Magny in August.
Unfortunately for Luque, a replacement could not be found on short notice. The 22-win veteran was looking to add to his win over former champion Rafael dos Anjos.