Henry Cejudo was forced out of Saturday's UFC 211 card due to a hand injury, MMAFighting.com reported Wednesday afternoon and which was later confirmed by the UFC.
Cejudo, who spoke with The Gazette on Wednesday morning, discussed breaking his hand in an early December loss to Joseph Benavidez.
It was not clear if the hand he broke was also the one that was injured leading up to this week's fight.
"I broke my hand in the first round," Cejudo told The Gazette about his bout with Benavidez.
He said he was advised to take two weeks off after that fight before training again.
Cejudo apologized on Instagram and said he injured his hand sparring two weeks ago. He said after X-rays, treatment and rest, he injured it immediately hitting mitts with his striking coach Tuesday. A hand specialist said he had a cyst and ruptured capsule and using cortisone to compete would make it worse.
Saturday's card, considered the UFC's biggest of the year, will be in Dallas and has two title fights on it.
Cejudo, a Coronado High School graduate and wrestling gold medalist in the Beijing Olympics, got to Dallas on Tuesday.