Russian featherweight Zubaira Tukhugov, who lost weight for the fight against Lucas Almeida at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi, will continue his career in the lightweight category.
“Today my body let me down, I was in good shape and charged for the fight,” Tukhugov wrote on the social network. “I did everything I could to make weight, but something went wrong – today was not my day”
“It’s inconvenient in front of the fans, in front of the brothers who flew in to cheer for us, and of course, in front of the team that helped in everything! And also in front of the UFC and in front of the opponent “
“But I’m not going to give up, and I want to return to action in the near future, and already in a new weight category for me up to 70 kg”
Earlier, Khabib Nurmagomedov said that the decision to remove Tukhugov from the fight was made after the fighter lost consciousness during the final stage of the weight cut.
“Zubaira felt bad,” said the ex-UFC champion, talking with Mairbek Khasiev at the demonstrative weigh-in ceremony. “In the morning I drove a little bit, I lost consciousness”
31-year-old Zubaira Tukhugov has been playing in the UFC since 2014, and during this time he has fought eight fights in the organization, winning five, suffering two losses, and one more fight with his participation ended in a draw.
The last time a Russian fighter entered the octagon was in October last year, defeating Ricardo Ramos by unanimous decision.