Kidney Issues Force Garbrandt Out Of March Bout

With everything that is going on the world, the UFC cannot afford to lose and fighters due to injury or illness. It appears that will be the case, however, as Cody Garbrandt will no longer be competing at UFC on ESPN 8, set to take place on March 28.

Garbrandt (11-3) told ESPN that kidney issues forced him out of the events co-main event against Raphael Assuncao.  “No Love” elaborated that he felt some inflammation in the lymph nodes of his groin. Thinking this wasn’t much to worry about, he took a test just to be sure.

“On Saturday, I had flu-like symptoms,” Garbrandt went on to say. “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.”

Garbrandt has been monitored this entire time since leaving the hospital. It has yet to be determined when he will be cleared to fight next.

This upcoming fight was supposed to be a step in the right direction for Garbrandt. The former UFC Bantamweight Champion is on a three-fight skid. He lost the title and the rematch that followed to T.J. Dillashaw, before losing to Pedro Munhoz at UFC 235 in March. All three losses have come by some form of KO.

UFC on ESPN 8 was scheduled to take place in Columbus, Ohio. Due to the coronavirus, plans have been altered, and the event will take place inside the UFC APEX in Las Vegas. The main event is Francis Ngannou v. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

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