On Monday, MMA fighter and UFC newcomer Armfield (8-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) announced on Instagram that he will not be fighting Christian Rodriguez (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 213 this coming Saturday because of a staph infection.
It is unclear whether Rodriguez will remain on the event against a last-minute substitute opponent because UFC officials have not announced Armfield’s withdrawal. On Saturday, the UFC Apex in Las Vegas hosts UFC Fight Night 213. You can watch the fight on ESPN+.
“So some not so good news guys!” Armfield shared.
“Late last week I woke up with an infection that required me to go to the hospital. The infection ended up being a MRSA Staph infection and I was prescribed two weeks of antibiotics. Due to how dangerous MRSA can be, it was advised to stop training, let the body recovery and wait to fight healthy.
“While it’s extremely disappointing to withdrawal from my fight, it was for the best. I put in months of hard work and sacrifice by not having a side job to fully focus on this dream. I am looking forward to getting back healthy and getting another fight scheduled. Hopefully sooner rather than later!”
Armfield replaced Austin Lingo in July and faced David Onama in his UFC debut. Onama, who was a huge 8-1 favorite, submitted Armfield with an arm-triangle choke in the second round. Before that, Armfield had a six-fight winning streak.
After suffering a defeat in his MMA debut, Rodriguez is also hoping to make amends. Rodriguez, like Lingo before him, filled in at the last minute when Lingo was unable to face Jonathan Pearce in February. Pearce, a Roufusport native, won by unanimous decision thanks to Rodriguez’s lackluster performance. Rodriguez’s loss was his first following a perfect 7-0 record in several fighting promotions like Bellator, LFA, and Dana White’s Contender Series.