Kyung Ho Kang is out of his UFC debut.
He was supposed to make his first appearance for the organisation at the upcoming Macau show on November 10 but has had to pull out because of a foot fracture sustained during training.
The bantamweight - who represents Busan Team MAD in his native South Korea - says the injury was incurred when he threw a front kick during sparring.
‚ÄúIt was my own carelessness. Its so bad,‚ÄĚ he told Korean media. ‚ÄúThis was such a big opportunity that I have been working really hard, sparring very hard, there were a lot of expectations and I had so many family and friends who bought tickets to fly to Macau. Its hard for me to express in words about this situation‚Ä¶ its so bad.‚ÄĚ
Kang wanted to try and work around the injury but as it is located on the underside of his right foot, where he connected with a sparring partner‚Äôs elbow, he has found it difficult. Doctors have told him that there is additional ligament damage and that he is looking at three months recovery.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve missed the chance to debut in Macau now but it will only make me work harder and more determined to recover. I want to make a stunning fight maybe in the United States next year, February or March maybe,‚ÄĚ says Kang.
His opponent, Alex Caceres, remains on the card while the UFC tries to find a replacement on eleven days notice. Caceres - also known as ‚ÄėBruce Leroy‚Äô - is 1-1 in his last two and 2-3 in the UFC overall. He is coming off a triangle win over Damacio Page in July.