February 27, 2024

Shiv Telegram Media: Kape vs. Nicolau off; Kape claims refusal of catchweight fight – MMA Fighting

Title: UFC Vegas 84 Co-Main Event Cancelled: Manel Kape Misses Weight

Subtitle: Lightweight Bout between Jim Miller and Gabriel Benitez to take Co-Main Event Spot; Johnny Walker and Magomed Ankalaev’s Light Heavyweight Title Rematch Headlines the Event

Date: [Insert Date]

Byline: [Author’s Name], Shiv Telegram Media

In an unfortunate turn of events, the highly anticipated co-main event bout between Manel Kape and Matheus Nicolau at UFC Vegas 84 has been cancelled. The cancellation comes as a result of Kape’s failure to make weight in the non-title flyweight fight, weighing in at 3.5 pounds over the limit.

Initially, there were talks of proceeding with the fight as a catchweight bout, with Kape forfeiting 25 percent of his purse. However, the bout has since been scrapped, leaving fans disappointed and eager to know the reason behind Kape’s weight miss.

Kape revealed that he had been sick for two weeks leading up to the fight, which might have contributed to his inability to reach the required weight. He also claimed that Nicolau refused to accept the catchweight bout, adding more complexity to the situation. As of now, Nicolau has remained silent about the turn of events.

This co-main event was a rematch from their previous encounter in March 2021, where Nicolau emerged triumphant with a split decision victory. Kape’s struggle with making weight is no secret, as he has previously missed weight in flyweight bouts on two occasions.

Despite the disappointment surrounding the cancellation, fans can still look forward to a thrilling co-main event. The lightweight bout between Jim Miller and Gabriel Benitez has been elevated to fill the vacant spot. Miller and Benitez are both seasoned fighters who can deliver an electrifying contest for the fans.

The night’s main event will feature a light heavyweight title rematch between Johnny Walker and Magomed Ankalaev. These two fighters have already faced each other in the octagon once before, and their rematch promises to be an exhilarating showdown for the championship belt.

While the cancellation of the Kape-Nicolau bout is undoubtedly a setback, the UFC Vegas 84 event is still packed with exciting matchups. Fans can expect nothing short of adrenaline-fueled action from Miller, Benitez, Walker, and Ankalaev as they step into the octagon on fight night.

Stay tuned to Shiv Telegram Media for more updates on the event and other UFC news.