UFC postpones second Manila event on October 15

Nissi Icasiano
UFC postpones second Manila event on October 15

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The card is postponed after BJ Penn withdraws with a rib injury less than two weeks before fight night

YANGON, Myanmar – The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has announced that its second fight card in the Philippines on October 15 will be postponed after losing its headlining bout. 

MMA legend BJ Penn withdrew from his 5-round featherweight clash against Ricardo Lamas citing a rib injury in training. 

“I suffered a rib injury in training and I apologize to the fans in Manila who were expecting to watch me compete. I hope to be back in the Octagon soon,” said Penn, who was preparing for his first fight since calling it a career in July 2014. 

With Lamas losing an opponent in less than two weeks before the actual event, the UFC has decided to reschedule its second trip to the Philippines, which was set to happen at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

According to UFC’s press statement, fighters on the card will receive their respective fight purses and will be rebooked at the promotion’s future events.

Fans who have purchased tickets to the UFC Fight Night Manila 2 can seek refunds on a yet-to-be-announced date. – Rappler.com

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