A UFC 159 welterweight bout between Nick Catone and James Head has been cancelled after Catone was sent to the hospital for dehydration.
Catone missed weight Friday, coming in at 173 pounds ahead of his bout with James Head — two pounds over the welterweight limit of 171 pounds for non-title bouts.
“He is a tough guy and I wish him a speedy recovery,” Head wrote on Twitter Saturday morning. “I trained really hard for this fight and am disappointed that I won’t get to compete but I will be ready to fight soon when the #ufc calls.”
Catone vs. Head was scheduled to take place on the online prelims.
The event, which takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., will go on with 11 bouts.
Two early prelims will air on sportsnet.ca, starting at 7 p.m. ET, when Steven Siler takes on Kurt Holobaugh. Then another featherweight tilt goes down when the always exciting Leonard Garcia squares off against popular TUF 12 veteran Cody McKenzie.
At 8 p.m. ET, the four-fight televised undercard will be broadcast on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific. Bryan Caraway kicks it off against fellow TUF 14 cast member Johnny Bedford in a bantamweight matchup. That is followed by the third ever female fight in the Octagon as 2004 Olympic wrestling silver medalist Sara McMann takes on Sheila Gaff.
Also on the televised prelims, talented lightweight Rustam Khabilov faces Yancy Medeiros and Strikeforce veterans Ovince St. Preux and Gian Villante square off.
The main card his headlined by a light-heavyweight title bout between The Ultimate Fighter 17 coaches Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen.
Here’s a look at the complete UFC 159 fight card.
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET)
– Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen
– Alan Belcher vs. Michael Bisping
– Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson
– Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes
– Pat Healy vs. Jim Miller
PRELIMINARY CARD (Sportsnet at 8 p.m. ET)
– Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros
– Ovince St. Preux vs. Gian Villante
– Sheila Gaff vs. Sara McMann
– Johnny Bedford vs. Bryan Caraway
PRELIMINARY CARD (sportsnet.ca at 7 p.m. ET)
Leonard Garcia vs. Cody McKenzie
Kurt Holobaugh vs. Steven Siler