Daniel Rodriguez out of Neil Magny fight at UFC Vegas 62 due to elbow infection


One of UFC Vegas 62’s marquee fights has been cancelled.

Daniel Rodriguez announced Thursday on social media that a lingering elbow infection has forced him to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Neil Magny, which was set to open the main card of the Oct. 15 event at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas.

“Got a little bit of bad news. Woke up this morning, elbow f****** throbbing,” Rodriguez said on Instagram Stories. Rodriguez shared his Instagram Stories: “I got this cut from my last fight and it became infected. So it looks like I’m out of the fight, man, due to a MRSA infection we’re guessing. It looks like I will not be fighting on Saturday. But I’ll be back in November, hopefully still the same opponent or whoever, hit me up, two weeks’ notice.”

Daniel Rodriguez, Instagram

Rodriguez (17-2) was hoping for a short turnaround after picking up a split decision over Li Jingliang at UFC 279 as part of the event’s last-minute card reshuffling. The victory ended a 13-month layoff for the 35-year-old welterweight and extended his UFC record to 7-1, highlighted by his current four-fight win streak over Mike Perry, Kevin Lee, and more.

As of this writing, it is unclear if Magny (26-9) will remain on UFC Vegas 62’s card against a replacement opponent or be rescheduled against Rodriguez at a later date.

UFC Vegas 62 is headlined by a women’s flyweight bout between ranked contenders Alexa Grasso and Viviane Araujo.