Guram Kutateladze has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Don Madge, which was set to take place at a UFC Fight Night event on March 13.
Earlier today, the 29-year-old Georgian lightweight announced on his Instagram account that he had suffered a knee injury that required surgery.
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Kutateladze, who’s 12-2 overall, is coming off a successful UFC debut that saw him score an impressive split-decision victory over former KSW champion Mateusz Gamrot this past October in Abu Dhabi. What was even more eye-opening was “The Georgian Viking’s” post-fight interview in which he adamantly declared to fans that he felt he had lost the fight.
Regardless of his feelings, however, Kutateladze was named the winner, which extended his winning streak to nine-straight fights.
The 30-year-old Madge, meanwhile, is a promising prospect out of South Africa who possesses a 9-3 overall record with eight of those victories coming by way of finish. He’s currently 2-0 in the UFC, having picked up wins over Te Edwards and Fares Ziam.
Despite his recent success, however, Madge hasn’t been very active, as his last fight took place in September 2019. As of now, a new opponent for “Magic Man” has not yet been named, but it’s likely that he’ll want to remain on the card given how long it has been since he’s competed.
The UFC’s March 13 card is currently set to be headlined by an anticipated welterweight bout between Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev.
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