Steve Cantwell is off the UFC 120 card less than 48 hours before it is due to start, having ripped a knee ligament in a training session on Thursday night (UK time).
Fighters Only was told on Friday morning that Cantwell has consulted medical staff but is clearly in no condition to compete and has had to be pulled from the bout with UFC debutant Stanislav Nedkov.
He cannot be replaced at this late stage; the weigh ins are today and there would also be no time for a replacement to pass medical checks.
The injury was sustained in a BJJ session, although it is not yet clear whether it was a freak accident or an over-zealous submission attempt from a training partner.
UFC officials have confirmed that Nedkov will be paid his show money for the cancelled bout.
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