Ryan Hall has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming fight against Dan Ige at UFC Vegas 21 after sustaining an injury to his hip flexor during the preparation for it. Originally reported by BJPenn.com, the best leglocker in the entire of the UFC roster is out of his second consecutive fight after also withdrawing from a match against Ricardo Lamas at the last minute back in August 2020. As a result of him withdrawing from the event, Hall has now been removed from the UFC Featherweight rankings, while the men in charge are still actively searching for a replacement willing to step in against Ige after he’d spent so long preparing specifically for Hall.
This latest injury to Ryan Hall means that he’s going to sit on the sidelines even longer than he already has, with his last professional MMA fight coming against Darren Elkins all the way back at UFC Fight Night 155 in July 2019. When this fight was first booked, it represented a good opportunity for both men to progress in the division’s rankings as Ige is coming off a loss against Calvin Kattar before his epic fight with Max Holloway, while Hall has been unbeaten in his UFC career and has been constantly asking for higher-ranked opponents.
The news comes as a blow to all fans of elite BJJ in MMA but it is not the only bad news to hit the UFC Vegas 21 card on March 13th as the main event has also had a drop out. Originally, Khamzat Chimaev was going to get a huge opportunity to power through the Welterweight division by taking on Leon Edwards, but he has also been forced to withdraw from the event due to an injury.
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