Abdul Razak Alhassan had a tough time making it to the Octagon to fight Joaquin Buckley.
Alhassan and Buckley were booked to fight one another on January 15 but Alhassan was forced out of the bout. They were then rebooked for UFC Vegas 48 where Buckley won by split decision and after the loss, the KO artist took to Instagram to release a lengthy statement where he said he broke his rib in the fight along with having COVID which impacted his cardio.
“This fight business sucks!! Not to make any excuses or take it away from my opponent this fight camp sucked!!!! Got cut right above my eye right before camp! Had 8 stitches, and the eye got infected so even took way long to heal,” Alhassan wrote on Instagram in a now-deleted post. “Middle of the camp I injured my back and couldn’t even get out of bed through the whole camp! 4 weeks before fight I got COVID which took me outta commission for almost 2 weeks.
“Week before the fight I injured my right hand before the fight. Light the universe is telling me not to take this fight. But as you know there’s no back down in this guy, so I went for it,” Alhassan continued. “And don’t regret it. Also broke a rib in the second round with the take down. But I really wish I could have just done a lil more. Love my coaches and my team!!!! I feel so blessed to have people them like around me. We will come back strong and stack up those victories! Trust me! I swear I will be like kakai to them. They will hear my name and hide!”
With the loss, Abdul Razak Alhassan is now just 1-4 in his last five and prior to the loss to Buckey he knocked out Alessio Di Chirico in 17 seconds. The win snapped his three-fight losing skid where he dropped a decision to Jacob Malkoun, was knocked out in 30 seconds by Khaos Williams and lost a decision to Mounir Lazzez in his return to the Octagon.
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