Medicals halt UFC debut at tomorrows UFC Minneapolis

✅ The Team Alpha Male prospect has not been medically cleared to fight ✅ Was stepping in as a replacement for an injured Chas Skelly

Jordan Griffin (17-6) seems to be one unlucky featherweight, as he’s now lost two opponents in just as many weeks. Promotional newcomer Vince Murdock (12-3) received the call to fill in for an injured Chas Skelly two weeks ago, but he just recently announced via social media that he has been forced to withdraw from the fight due to him not being medically cleared to fight.

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Difficult as it is to say, I must let you know that, I won’t be making the walk this sat. Unfortunately at this time the @ufc requires some more test to clear me medically fit to fight. As difficult as it is for me to write this message, I strongly believe with the required test completed in the coming days I will be cleared to fight 👊🏼 . I wanna thank my management @iridiumsports @iridiumsportsagency with the support of the @ufc for the great opportunity and getting me the proper medical attention required to compete and my well being 🙏🏼 – I apologize to everyone that was looking forward to seeing me make the walk this Saturday, no one is more crushed then I am. I strongly believe this will be resolved soon and I will have another opportunity to make the walk ❤️ – Again the amount of love and support leading up to this has been overwhelming and can’t thank y’all enough 🏆 – Stay tuned 👊🏼 #teamalphamale #michigan #michiganmade #ufc #hurtbusiness #hardnews

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As of now it’s unclear what the medical issues are that have prevented him from being able to be cleared. With less than 48 hours before UFC Minneapolis it’s highly unlikely than the UFC will be able to find a replacement. Murdock was coming into the fight with two straight wins, both via TKO. His full statement is below.

“Difficult as it is to say, I must let you know that, I won’t be making the walk this sat. Unfortunately at this time the UFC requires some more test to clear me medically fit to fight. As difficult as it is for me to write this message, I strongly believe with the required test completed in the coming days I will be cleared to fight. I wanna thank my management Iridium Sports with the support of the UFC for the great opportunity and getting me the proper medical attention required to compete and my well being

I apologize to everyone that was looking forward to seeing me make the walk this Saturday, no one is more crushed then I am. I strongly believe this will be resolved soon and I will have another opportunity to make the walk

Again the amount of love and support leading up to this has been overwhelming and can’t thank y’all enough”

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com
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